A new proposed Colorado gun law could change things.

Senate Bill 17-116 would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. That means they (or you) would not have to go through the now required gun saftey class.

Is this a good idea?

This issue could be like opening Pandora's Box. I understand how people feel about guns in Colorado and here in Grand Junction. But, even those who are in full support of the Second Amendment, shouldn't we all agree that SOME sort of safety class should be a requirement?

This story came from our friends at KKCO News, check out the full story here.  And below is the entire bill. I got dizzy trying to read it all. Why do these types of things always have to be worded like so complicatedly?

 

 First Regular Session Seventy-first General Assembly STATE OF COLORADO INTRODUCED LLS NO. 17-0254.01 Richard Sweetman x4333 SENATE BILL 17-116 Senate Committees House Committees State, Veterans, & Military Affairs A BILL FOR AN ACT 101 CONCERNING ALLOWING A LAW-ABIDING PERSON TO CARRY A 102 CONCEALED HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT, AND, IN 103 CONNECTION THEREWITH, PRESERVING CURRENT LAWS 104 RESTRICTING THE CARRYING OF CONCEALED HANDGUNS ON 105 CERTAIN PROPERTY INCLUDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Bill Summary (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://leg.colorado.gov/.) The bill allows a person who legally possesses a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado. A person SENATE SPONSORSHIP Neville T., Baumgardner, Cooke, Coram, Crowder, Gardner, Grantham, Hill, Holbert, Lambert, Lundberg, Marble, Priola, Scott, Smallwood, Sonnenberg HOUSE SPONSORSHIP Van Winkle, Buck, Covarrubias, Everett, Humphrey, Leonard, Lundeen, Navarro, Neville P., Nordberg, Ransom, Saine, Sias, Williams D. Shading denotes HOUSE amendment. Double underlining denotes SENATE amendment. Capital letters indicate new material to be added to existing statute. Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute. who carries a concealed handgun under the authority created in the bill has the same carrying rights and is subject to the same limitations that apply to a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun under current law, including the prohibition on the carrying of a concealed handgun on the grounds of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school. 1 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado: 2 SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-12-105, amend 3 (2)(f); and add (2)(g) as follows: 4 18-12-105. Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon - unlawful 5 possession of weapons. (2) It shall not be an offense if the defendant 6 was: 7 (f) A United States probation officer or a United States pretrial 8 services officer while on duty and serving in the state of Colorado under 9 the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial 10 conference of the United States; OR 11 (g) A PERSON WHO WAS AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE 12 AND LEGALLY POSSESSED A HANDGUN UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE 13 AND OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEAPON INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT 14 WAS A HANDGUN. THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN 15 PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION (2)(g) IS EQUAL IN ALL 16 RESPECTS TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PERMIT TO CARRY A 17 CONCEALED HANDGUN AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214. A PERSON 18 WHO CARRIES A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF 19 THIS SUBSECTION (2)(g) HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AND IS SUBJECT TO THE 20 SAME LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214 AS APPLY TO A 21 PERSON WHO HOLDS A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN. 22 SECTION 2. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-12-105.5, amend -2- SB17-116 1 (3)(h); and add (3)(i) as follows: 2 18-12-105.5. Unlawfully carrying a weapon - unlawful 3 possession of weapons - school, college, or university grounds. (3) It 4 shall not be an offense under this section if: 5 (h) The person has possession of the weapon for use in an 6 educational program approved by a school which program includes, but 7 shall not be limited to, any course designed for the repair or maintenance 8 of weapons; OR 9 (i) THE PERSON IS AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE AND MAY 10 LEGALLY POSSESS A HANDGUN UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE AND OF 11 THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEAPON INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WAS 12 A HANDGUN. THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN 13 PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION (3)(i) IS EQUAL IN ALL 14 RESPECTS TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PERMIT TO CARRY A 15 CONCEALED HANDGUN AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214. A PERSON 16 WHO CARRIES A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF 17 THIS SUBSECTION (3)(i) HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AND IS SUBJECT TO THE 18 SAME LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214 AS APPLY TO A 19 PERSON WHO HOLDS A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN. 20 SECTION 3. Effective date - applicability. This act takes effect 21 upon passage and applies to offenses committed on or after said date. 22 SECTION 4. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, 23 determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate 24 preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.