Colorado’s State Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is often where many bills go to die such as last year’s attempt to bring Constitutional Carry to the Centennial State but now two pieces of gun legislation have been brought before the committee. One to die and one to live.
The bills in question are numbered Senate Bill 51, which was sent to the committee and killed therein and Senate Bill 52, which has survived the process and is moving to the State Senate for a vote. Both of these decisions could have an impact on your life if you are a gun owner in the state. So let’s take a look at why the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee decided to kill one bill while sparing another.
THE BILL THAT WAS KILLED
Senate Bill 51 was a bill sponsored by Senator Michael Merrifield. The idea behind the bill was to make it illegal to knowingly possess a “multi-burst trigger activator.” The purpose of this piece of equipment is to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. But there was a problem with this bill beyond that in that the language of the said piece of legislation was so broad, many Coloradans feared that it could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers. The NRA came out against this bill and in good news for them as well as Colorado gun owners and shooting aficionados, was that this bill died in the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee so we won’t have to worry about its reach as of right now.
THE BILL THAT LIVED
Senate Bill 52, on the other hand, survived this committee thanks to the same party line vote that killed Senate Bill 51 and while I can already sense your nerve about gun-related legislation passing, SB 52 is good news for you. This bill, which is now on its way to a vote in the State Senate would see the repeal of the 2013 high-capacity magazine ban that was pushed through the state legislature following the events of the Sandy Hook Massacre the prior year.
And while it is not likely to pass through Governor Hickenlooper’s desk, with enough public support of the bill there may yet be some change to this law.
What do you think of these bills? Would they affect how you carry concealed? Let us know in the comments below.