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HB20-1040 Could Have Forced Public K-12 Schools to Allow Civilians to Carry Loaded Handguns, Both Openly and Concealed, on Their Premises
HB20-1099 Would Have Repealed Colorado’s Prohibition of High Capacity Magazines
DENVER – Volunteers with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, applaud the Colorado House Judiciary Committee for rejecting dangerous bills that could have forced public elementary schools, middle schools and high schools to allow civilians to carry loaded handguns on their premises and would have repealed the prohibition of high capacity magazines in the state.
“Mountains of research show the more guns we allow in schools, the less safe our schools will be,” said Abbey Winter, a volunteer with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Legalizing high-capacity magazines would also make Colorado less safe.I’m grateful for the gun sense lawmakers who continue to stand with their constituents and reject these bills.”
Volunteers with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action attended the hearings on both gun bills on Thursday, urging lawmakers to reject legislation that would dismantle current gun safety laws and endanger the lives of Coloradoans.
Under current law, generally only trained law enforcement or security officers can carry firearms in Colorado elementary, middle, and high schools. However, HB20-1040 would have repealed the current public safety law and could have forced schools to allow civilians to carry loaded handguns, both openly and concealed, on school premises. Additionally, HB20-1099 dangerously attempted to repeal the prohibition against high capacity magazines in the state. Research on the risks of guns in schools is available here, and research on the risks of legalizing high capacity magazines is available here.
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021