Senate Bill Would Repeal “Emergency” Gun Grabs

Denver -- Government-declared states of "emergency" no longer can be used as a pretext for banning the purchase, possession, transport or transfer of firearms In Colorado, if a bill approved today by the State Senate makes it to the Governor's desk for a signature.

SB-176 repeals a century old statute, approved in response to the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, which gave Colorado governors authority to restrict the sale, ownership and possession of firearms during declared "emergencies." The bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) pointed to numerous recent emergencies, from Hurricane Katrina to the Baltimore riots, when lawlessness made it more imperative than ever that citizens retain the right to protect themselves and their property, with firearms if necessary.

"It really all boils down to a single fundamental question about liberty and the role of the state," according to Neville. "Does the government have the right to prevent people from taking their necessary needs to protect their families, their loved ones and their property?"

For Neville and fellow Senate Republicans the answer is "no," as they overcame Democrat objections to approve the measure and sent it to the House for action. "Times of emergency are the absolute worst times to be placing restrictions on a person's rights to keep and bear arms and ensure the safety and security of their families," said Neville.

Please contact Sean Paige at 719-337-0355 with any questions. 

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