Press Release

Democrats Move to Free Criminals, Simultaneously Create More of Them

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2021

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Sage Naumann

DENVER – In a double-header, marathon hearing, Democrats on the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee decided that logic and reason were no longer in fashion, prompting them to move both Senate Bills 21-062 and 21-078 further along in the legislative process.
 
SB21-062 – sponsored by Senator Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) – allows certain suspected felons to walk free, including those suspected of second or third degree burglary, aggravated motor vehicle theft, intimidating a juror, bribing a witness, or even engaging in a riot.
 
Furthermore, if an individual is accused of one of these crimes, a monetary bond may no longer be levied on them unless they fail to appear three times to their scheduled hearing.
 
“The crime rate in Colorado is surging,” said Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley), in response to SB21-062. “The thought that the legislature’s first response to that is to allow more suspected criminals back onto our streets and into our neighborhoods is mind-boggling. Our focus should be on bringing those crime rates down and ensuring the safety of Coloradans – this does the exact opposite.”
 
Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Cooke served as Sheriff of Weld County from 2002 until 2014, graduated from the FBI National Academy, and served six years in the United States Army National Guard.
 
SB21-062 was sent to the Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote.
 
SB21-078 – sponsored by Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis (D-Longmont) and Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) – criminalizes the act of having an item stolen from you. Specifically, it states that if an individual is robbed and a firearm is stolen from them, they must report it to their local police department or else be fined (first offense) or charged with a misdemeanor (second offense). There is no word yet on whether Democrats plan on attempting to actually crack down on criminals this session.
 
The RAND Corporation study found that reporting requirement laws had no effect no on violent crime, suicides, mass shootings, or other significant events regarding firearms.
 
“The idea that by being a victim you could also become a criminal is quite fascinating,” said Senator Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) regarding SB21-078. “Reporting a firearm as stolen won’t save a life – but failing to do so may make a criminal out of everyday Coloradans if this bill becomes law. Yet again, Democrats prioritize criminals over crime victims, and in this case, go on to make criminals out of crime victims. I cannot, in good conscience, support a bill that has no evidence to support its effectiveness yet revictimizes innocent Coloradans.”
 
Senator Gardner has his J.D. from the University of Texas and has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. Previous to serving in the Senate, he served in the House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014.
 
SB21-078 was sent to the Senate floor on a party-line vote.

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