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We need to remember all of

We need to remember all of these politicians when the next election comes up and remind them that they work for us and not a political party.

Monday March 4 is "Gun Day" in the Senate as reported by 9News and that is when all the gun bills get their initial hearings in the Senate.

http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=320410

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Colorado filibuster on gun control tomorrow

Plan on being there.
The line is being drawn.

DENVER — Interested people across Colorado and around the country will be focused on the state Senate Friday, when lawmakers are set to debate seven Democratic gun control proposals, four of which have already passed the House.
A word of advice: get comfortable.
Senate Republicans are planning a Rand Paul-esque filibuster on the legislation that could push the floor debate on the seven bills, which begins Friday at 9 a.m., into Saturday and possibly even Sunday.
It’s a high-stakes battle for many individual lawmakers, facing intense pressure from constituents in divided districts, and for advocates on both sides of this national debate over guns.
What happens in Colorado, a western, politically moderate state that’s been affected by two major mass shootings at Columbine in 1999 and in Aurora last July, has the potential to re-shape the national narrative about whether the country is ready for tighter gun control laws in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
Ultimately, whenever the final Senate votes are taken, it’s likely that anywhere between four and seven measures are approved.
There are 20 Democrats in the 35-member state Senate. With 18 votes needed to pass any bill, no votes from just three Democratic senators would kill any of these bills.
Right now, two Democrats are planning to vote against three of them.
Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, both oppose House Bill 1224, a ban on high-capacity magazines; House Bill 1226, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses; and Senate Bill 196, a proposal to make assault weapons manufacturers and retailers liable for any crimes.
So which Democratic lawmaker could cast that third and decisive no vote?
Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, has yet to commit to any bill other than House Bill 1229, which mandates universal background checks on all gun sales.
Kerr, who has a tough reelection fight in a competitive district next year, is being lobbied hard by both sides.
Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, is also uncommitted.
During a press conference Thursday, Senate President John Morse, who is sponsoring the assault weapons liability measure, told reporters he expects the Senate will pass “a comprehensive package” of gun control bills, but stopped short of guaranteeing that all seven measures will get through.
Thursday afternoon, the Denver Post editorial board published an editorial in support of five of the seven bills: House Bill 1226, the concealed weapons campus ban, and Morse’s Assault Weapons Responsibility Act, which, the Post writes, “flies in the face of logic and federal law.
“It’s a convoluted effort to skirt a federal ban on lawsuits against gun makers and sellers.”

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Colorado filibuster on gun control tomorrow

Plan on being there.
The line is being drawn.

DENVER — Interested people across Colorado and around the country will be focused on the state Senate Friday, when lawmakers are set to debate seven Democratic gun control proposals, four of which have already passed the House.
A word of advice: get comfortable.
Senate Republicans are planning a Rand Paul-esque filibuster on the legislation that could push the floor debate on the seven bills, which begins Friday at 9 a.m., into Saturday and possibly even Sunday.
It’s a high-stakes battle for many individual lawmakers, facing intense pressure from constituents in divided districts, and for advocates on both sides of this national debate over guns.
What happens in Colorado, a western, politically moderate state that’s been affected by two major mass shootings at Columbine in 1999 and in Aurora last July, has the potential to re-shape the national narrative about whether the country is ready for tighter gun control laws in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
Ultimately, whenever the final Senate votes are taken, it’s likely that anywhere between four and seven measures are approved.
There are 20 Democrats in the 35-member state Senate. With 18 votes needed to pass any bill, no votes from just three Democratic senators would kill any of these bills.
Right now, two Democrats are planning to vote against three of them.
Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, both oppose House Bill 1224, a ban on high-capacity magazines; House Bill 1226, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses; and Senate Bill 196, a proposal to make assault weapons manufacturers and retailers liable for any crimes.
So which Democratic lawmaker could cast that third and decisive no vote?
Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, has yet to commit to any bill other than House Bill 1229, which mandates universal background checks on all gun sales.
Kerr, who has a tough reelection fight in a competitive district next year, is being lobbied hard by both sides.
Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, is also uncommitted.
During a press conference Thursday, Senate President John Morse, who is sponsoring the assault weapons liability measure, told reporters he expects the Senate will pass “a comprehensive package” of gun control bills, but stopped short of guaranteeing that all seven measures will get through.
Thursday afternoon, the Denver Post editorial board published an editorial in support of five of the seven bills: House Bill 1226, the concealed weapons campus ban, and Morse’s Assault Weapons Responsibility Act, which, the Post writes, “flies in the face of logic and federal law.
“It’s a convoluted effort to skirt a federal ban on lawsuits against gun makers and sellers.”

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Well, 5 out of the 7 new

Well, 5 out of the 7 new bills are now headed back to the House after the Senate approved them and tacked on some amendments. The two that didn't make it were withdraws without a vote, they were HB 1226 that had to do with concealed carry on a college campus and SB 196 which was the liability issue.

HB 1229 has to do with background checks.

HB 1224 magazine capacity

HB 1228 making the firearm purchaser pay for background checks

SB 195 doing away with on line concealed carry course

SB 197 is a domestic violance issue and from what I have read on this one you are guilty before your court date and must get rid of you firearms if you are charged with it.   

These are still out there. I am not sure of what the Senate did to each of them but they all need to be voted on again in the House before the head to the Governor. It is time to send a email or phone your Representative in the House and tell they how you feel.

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Feel Free To Copy

Here is what I provided my House representative.  Anyone - Feel free to copy and send to your representative.

"While the Senate thinks the amended gun control bills made them acceptable to pass and return to the House for possible final vote - I do not!

I ask you to please vote no on House Bill 1224, House Bill 1228, and House Bill 1229.  I also ask you to please vote no on Senate Bill 195 and Senate Bill 197. 

None of this 2nd Amendment destroying legislation addresses the real issue of violence and mental health.

Again, I urge you to please vote no on these gun control bills."

Here is a link again that anyone can use to assist in determining their House/Senate representatives - http://hq.salsalabs.com/o/4013/c/1323/getLocal.jsp

The NRA web site also has a link that can be used to send your representative your opposition to federal gun control legislation - http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx

 

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HB13-1228 that makes the

HB13-1228 that makes the buyer pay for his own background check is on it's way to the Governor, who says that he will sign it. The sad thing about this bill is that it doesn't state how much this is going to cost but that it is up the CBI to determine what the cost is.

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Unfortunately Correct?

Yes, you are correct.  I didn't see that last night in my review of the bills. The bill contains a very open ended couple of sentences that could make the overall cost unbearable.  I read today where Sen. Morse instructed his Dem Senators to basically ignore the e-mails, letters, and phone calls as there were too many to read/listen to but rather forge ahead with the passing of the bills.  Sheriff Terry Maketa of Colorado Springs published a 2+page letter on facebook blasting the whole process - https://www.facebook.com/#!/maketaforsheriff/posts/10151264235301106  I really hope what does pass and is signed by the Governor is challenged in court and found unconstitutional.  I voted for none of these people that have voted in favor of these bills and will not for any future election.

 

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Government Corruption Allegation?

Here is a must watch interview KKTV did with the sheriff of El Paso County.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfSeSC0ZqWc&feature=youtu.be

This is government corruption and a travesty.  We as Coloradan's and Americans must be diligent in removing these people from their office.

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I have already sent a email

I have already sent a email to my state Senator Gail Schwartz thanking her for helping me make my decision on who to vote for in the next election a lot easier.

I also sent one to my Representative Diane Mitsch Bush telling her the same thing depending on the outcome of her vote on the bills.

For some reason these two politicians have strayed off of the trail and away from their base. Perhaps it is because they both have a D after their names?

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HB13-1224 the magazine ban

HB13-1224 the magazine ban passed the house today 03/13 and is on its way to the Governor who says that he will sign it.

HB13-1229 on background checks has been moved to a special committee to iron out the differences between the Senates version and the Houses version.

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