I got an e-mail from Michael Boldin on Friday with the news that Colorado’s Fire Arms Freedom Act was killed in committee, with a link to this article. Something struck me as odd, when I read it. The article lists the bills sponsor, Senator Schultheis, and has quotes from gun control advocate Tom Mauser who lost his son Danial in the Columbine shootings and quotes from Democratic lawmakers. Why share the names of Schultheis and Mauser, and keep the names of the Democrats a mystery?
Democrats called the bill “unconstitutional.”“It’s also not one of the most pressing issues facing the state right now,” Senate Democrats said in a statement e-mailed to the Denver Daily News. “We are focused on getting the economy back on track and getting people back to work.”
I cannot say I am surprised, the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee is the “kill” committee where a bill the controlling party does not want to come to a floor vote will go to die. According to Senator Schultheis, Democrat Senators; Betty Boyd, Rollie Heath andBob Bacon, showed no interest in the hearing. As if they had made their minds up before the hearing began, with their primary question being ”how are we going to control guns?” I wonder if it was one of these legislators who said the bill was “unconstitutional”, and where in the Constitution it prohibits a state from passing such a law. I sent a message to the Daily Denver and asked them to provide the name of the person the quote was attributed to, and I will update this post if I get a response.