President Barack Obama powerfully made the case for taking action to reduce gun violence in his State of the Union address yesterday—and today, the fight for common sense reform is ramping in our state. The misinformation is flowing thick at the Colorado Capitol from the gun lobby, and we need your help right now to stand up for what’s right.
Two important bills to sensibly reduce gun violence are headed for the full Colorado House as early as Friday. These are two of the most popular and most basic reforms proposed by Colorado progressives to reduce gun violence in the wake of devastating mass shootings in Aurora last summer and elsewhere.
The two bills we need your help to pass TODAY are:
House Bill 1229, closing the background check loophole. This legislation will require background checks for all gun buyers, regardless of how they acquire their guns. The bill also includes provisions to enhance the real-time sharing of mental health data between state and federal agencies; and a provision to allow individuals denied access to firearms to appeal those denials. The bill is supported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the agency responsible for conducting background checks for firearm purchases in Colorado.
House Bill 1224, prohibiting the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines. This bill will ban the sale and transfer of new ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips, and drums) capable of accepting more than a prescribed number of rounds (10 to 15 based on different versions of the bill).
The gun lobby is flooding the state Capitol with misinformed citizens who have been fed all kinds of nonsense about what has actually been proposed. Once again, the facts: if you own guns, no one is coming to take them. If you are a law-abiding citizen who wants to legally buy a gun, no one is trying to prevent that. This is Colorado, and we respect the rights of our law-abiding neighbors to protect themselves and their families. These bills are not a “slippery slope,” they are simply about common-sense steps we can take right now to save lives in Colorado.
Don’t wait: your state representative needs to hear from you right now. Help us cut through the noise and misinformation flooding the Capitol at the behest of well-funded gun lobbyists. Please call your legislator today and help them do the right thing to prevent gun violence.