ACTION ALERT! SUPPORT NEW GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION!
LWVCO supports measures that are intended to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons, and we support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.
HB21-1298 Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements
Sponsors: Reps. Amabile & Woodrow and Sens. Gonzales & Pettersen
This bill addresses four issues on Background Checks:
Violent Misdemeanor Prohibitions – a person who has had a conviction for certain violent misdemeanors will not be able to purchase a firearm for 5 years after the conviction. People who have demonstrated a tendency to violence are 5 times more prone to be arrested for further violent crimes than those without violent convictions.
Closing the Charleston Loophole – a transfer of a firearm cannot be completed until the background check is approved. This removes the current 3-day limit for CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) to do the background check.
Extending the appeal period – The period for CBI to resolve an appeal to a background check denial is extended from the current 30 days to 60 days.
Final dispositions – Under current law, the inability of CBI to obtain the final disposition of a felony case could not constitute a reason for denial. This provision is removed.
HB 1298 will be heard on Wednesday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. by House Judiciary Committee. Contact House Judiciary Committee Members-2021 to urge them to SUPPORT this bill.