Colorado legislature adds insult to injury

After passing draconian gun control laws targeting honest gun owners and manufacturers, the Colorado legislature seems to think they might as well pass more gun control laws... since they have already pissed off all the gun owners in the state, why not piss them off even more?  It's not like honest gun owners will vote more than once, or that there's some community of gun owners they haven't already motivated to pull out all the stops in 2014.
The latest bills would require domestic-violence offenders to surrender their firearms, create a task force to study ways to prevent those with mental health problems from obtaining guns, and ban gun owners from obtaining a concealed-carry permit via an online class.
So... they create a task force NOW, after they have already passed all sorts of laws that were supposed to fix the problem of the mentally ill obtaining guns?  In the military, this would be described as a "Ready, Fire, Aim" situation.  Joking aside, though, this means they aren't done yet.  In a few weeks or a few months, this task force will come back with recommendations for even more gun control laws.

They also want to make it illegal to get a concealed-carry permit via an online class.  Why?  Seriously, why?  The requirements for concealed-carry permits usually include several forms of identification, fingerprinting, a thorough background check, and (at least in Texas) a practical shooting qualification... none of which is going to be changed by letting people attend a lecture about the legal issues of firearms and self-defense from the comfort of their home rather than spending hours in a classroom.

Finally, the domestic violence issue.  At first glance, this looks ok -- after all, people convicted of domestic violence offenses are barred by federal law from possessing firearms.  Why not have a legal process to confiscate them? 

One big objection: not all those barred from possessing firearms by reason of domestic violence are permanently barred.  Federal law also covers those who are currently subject to a domestic violence restraining order -- orders which are handed out like candy in divorce court -- and those orders can expire or be overturned.  If the police confiscate the lawfully-owned firearms of such a person, he will likely never get them back, or receive any compensation for the confiscation of his property.

Why is this a better process than allowing an individual in those circumstances to transfer his firearms to a friend for temporary safekeeping until the legal issues are settled, or to a gun dealer for sale?

Oh, wait, Colorado just outlawed private transfers without a background check, didn't they?

Well, that explains that.

Between dealer checks and universal background checks, Colorado knows -- loosely now, but with more precision in the future -- exactly what guns its law-abiding residents own, and if you ever get divorced, you can expect the police to raid your home and confiscate every firearm they find.  If you are in their database as owning a firearm that they don't find, you'll be charged with an unlawful (un-background-checked) transfer. 

If you are found with a firearm not on their list, better hope you can prove you got it before the law was passed, or they will add an unlawful transfer charge to the unlawful possession charge.. since as soon as you got that restraining order as part of your divorce proceedings, they raided your home before you had the chance to arrange for legal disposal of the firearms you lawfully owned up until the wife decided the grass was greener on the neighbor's lawn.

If you ask me, the Colorado legislature has decided they can save their asses in 2014 -- or earlier, if any recall votes take place -- by ensuring the Colorado gun owners will self-deport rather than vote them out.  And if not, well, you usually lose the right to vote when you are convicted of a felony, even a bullshit one.

This entry was published Thu Apr 25 04:43:31 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-04-25 04:43:31.0. [Tweet]

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