Concealed-carry legislation to be killed in committee

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A bill that would have made concealed carry legal without a permit was rescheduled for a Tuesday vote in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon.

Co-Sponsor Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Douglas, has been pushing for this legislation for years, but said he is confident it will be killed in committee.

“It’s a great bill because it points out a lot of wrong assumptions about carrying a handgun either open or concealed,” he said. “Currently in Colorado law, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.”

The legislation would take away the need for people to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

“This bill allows a person who legally possesses a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado,” the bill reads.

While not anticipating it will move out of committee, Holbert said he wasn’t trying to push legislation just to make a point.

“I would actually like this to be law just like it is in Wyoming, Arizona and Alaska,” he said. “I think it’s a very helpful conversation to have. It’s helpful to remind legislators on both sides of the aisle and the public of those facts.”

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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