Among the 135 bills introduced into the legislature on Wedesnday is HB12-1064, sponsored solely by Majority Leader Amy Stephens. Addressing the critical issue of firearms confiscation.
Because as you know, firearms confiscation in Colorado is right around the corner:
The bill prohibits the state or any political subdivision of the state (state), during a declared state of emergency, from prohibiting or restricting the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage, or display of a firearm or ammunition; seizing or confiscating a lawfully possessed firearm, except in specific, described circumstances; or requiring registration of a firearm or ammunition for which registration is not otherwise required by law. An exception is made for the commercial sale of firearms if an authorized authority has ordered an evacuation or a general closure of business.
In short, this bill would prohibit the state or local governments from restricting firearms during a declared state of emergency. It’s an outgrowth of a national campaign to whip up hysteria over something called the UN Small Arms Treaty, and other legislators like Sen. Greg Brophy have introduced similar totally superfluous bills addressing various aspects this “problem” in the past–usually by creating a conflict with federal law. And for those of you who didn’t know, the state of Colorado has never attempted to confiscate firearms during a state of emergency.
Perhaps the only thing notable about this bill, sure to die unceremoniously, is that Stephens is carrying it. We see how it might be useful in her “Tea Party” primary against Rep. Marsha Looper, who is making a big splash today with her bill to repeal “AmyCare.”
Well forget “AmyCare,” says Amy Stephens.
Obama Hickenlooper wants to take your guns!