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April 15, 2024 03:21 PM UTC

Rep. Don Wilson Opts In To Leg Gun Ban Voluntarily--Will He Still Vote Against It?

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  • by: Colorado Pols
Rep. Don Wilson (R).

Revisiting last week’s story of yet another Republican Colorado lawmaker mislaying his personal firearm unattended at the state capitol building, this time Rep. Don Wilson who took off his Glock in the restroom doing the Lord’s business and forgot to put it on again, one interesting footnote from that embarrassing episode that may turn relevant once again–as Marianne Goodland reported for the Colorado Springs Gazette’s political blog:

“As a responsible firearm owner, it’s frustrating and disappointing to continually see colleagues make mistakes with their guns,” added Majority Leader Monica Duran of Wheat Ridge, who has spoken at length about being a gun owner…

“Everyone who carries a firearm must do so with the utmost care at all times, which is why it is so important to me that people receive proper training and observe it and that we strengthen the requirements for a concealed carry permit,” Duran said. “I’ve expressed my deepest concerns to Rep. Wilson and Minority Leadership. It’s my expectation that he follows through with his commitment not to carry his firearm at the Capitol.” [Pols emphasis]

Rep. Don Wilson’s “voluntary” decision last week to stop bringing a gun inside the state capitol building, where the public is not allowed to carry concealed weapons and armed Colorado State Patrol officers control access with metal detectors, is noteworthy due to the passage in the Colorado Senate of Senate Bill 24-131, legislation that would ban lawmakers from bringing guns into the building along with a winnowed-down number of other “sensitive spaces.” The bill is set to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, after which Rep. Wilson will have the opportunity to call for all lawmakers to join him in the sensible decision to not carry guns inside an already-secure building.

Or, as the case may be, not.

Obviously, if Rep. Wilson votes against this bill codifying the decision he made after leaving his loaded weapon for who knows might have found it had custodians not found it first, he’s going to need to explain how his own experience informed that decision. Wilson could surprise us and do the honorable thing by voting for a bill he has demonstrated a lack of competency to criticize, but then Wilson would have to endure the withering assault on his manhood from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and fellow Republicans that would be sure to follow. The “beta cuck” who helped Democrats take legislators’ guns.

The problem is, Rep. Wilson already did that. By example. Don Wilson is the latest and possibly decisive poster child for keeping guns out of the Colorado Capitol.

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3 thoughts on “Rep. Don Wilson Opts In To Leg Gun Ban Voluntarily–Will He Still Vote Against It?

    1. Seems there are three kinds of gun owners. Yes, some really are responsible. I know quite a few. Then, of course, there are others who are irresponsible (exhibit A being Don Wilson). But there are also "performative gun owners" who disregard notions of responsibility in favor of headline-grabbing (Lauren Boebert comes to mind). Maybe Wilson is a type three, and left it in public to make a point. If so, the point is lost on me.

      1. Every gun owner is a responsible one until he isn't.  I know murder victims that died because of that.  And by allowing people to roam in public with a sidearm at the ready isn't going to make society any safer.  Over 400 million guns in circulation and more than 40,000 gun deaths a year.  But freedom!!

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