Concealed Carry: Don't Compromise!
by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, March 1999
SB-156 passed the full Senate on a vote of 20-13. Only two Democrats, Jim Dyer of Durango and Alice Nichol of Adams County, voted in favor of the bill, while the rest of the Senate voted along partisan lines. Senators Elsie Lacy and Dave Wattenberg, both questionable GOP votes, were absent.
Once a staunch supporter of Vermont-type concealed carry, State Representative Doug Dean (R-Colo. Springs) has sponsored a more restrictive concealed carry bill to compete with SB-156.
This bill is nothing more than an effort to compromise our issue and pass anything, at any cost, just so that a politician can get his glory. Its effect will be to allow elected officials to split their votes between the two bills and kill real concealed carry reform for 1999.
Dean's bill, HB-1316, mandates training and even has a provision denying permits to those convicted of domestic violence, something gun owners have been fighting on the Federal level for years.
This move is especially puzzling because Dean used to be an ally on matters of freedom. His only reason to carry this bill, which makes passage of SB-156 even more difficult, is to get statewide publicity just prior to the NRA National Convention, which will be held in Denver this May. Rather than go to the matt for your rights, Dean wants to curry favor at a convention.
Dean was an early critic of SB-156. He flatly stated that the Musgrave/McKay bill could not pass the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it did. Then he said it could not pass the Senate floor, but it did. Now, he claims the Governor will not sign the bill, but Owens' election was far too close for him to anger every gun owner in Colorado.
Editor's Note: I left numerous phone and e-mail messages with Representative Dean inviting him to reply, but he never returned any of my messages. Since RMGO wrote this article, Dean passed his competing bill in committee and Governor Owens suggested he would veto Musgrave's bill.