2 gun control bills up for third and final reading in Colorado House Monday

Bills concern concealed carry, domestic violence

DENVER - The Colorado House of Representatives will consider two gun control bills this week. If the bills pass, they will be sent to the Governor's desk.

Both Senate Bills 195 and 197 are up for their third and final reading in the House Monday.

Senate Bill 195 would require qualified applicants for concealed carry permits to complete a handgun training class in person at the physical location where the course is being offered.

Senate Bill 197 would prevent people who have been convicted of domestic violence from owning or carrying firearms.

Both bills passed in the Senate last month. The House will begin their consideration of the bills Monday.

The bills are part of the Democrats' package of gun legislation responding to mass shootings at a school in Connecticut and a theater in Aurora.

Three of those bills passed the legislature last month, and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed them into law. Those bills restrict the size of gun magazines, expand background checks for firearms buyers and add a fee for background checks for gun transfers. They become effective on July 1.

-- About SB-195 --

Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. People can currently take online courses to get concealed carry permits.

The bill has been amended to specify the definition of a training course and the criteria required to obtain a permit.

The bill moved forward in a House committee hearing in late March on a vote of 8-3.

A representative of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police spoke in support of the bill at the committee hearing.

Opponents of the bill say it places another burden on people who want permits. Supporters say one-hour online courses aren't sufficient to merit the right to carry concealed weapons. The bill still needs approval from the full Senate.

-- About SB-197 --

Senate Bill 197 would require courts to order anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order or convicted of domestic violence to relinquish their guns within 24 hours. A judge could extend that to 72 hours in unusual circumstances.

Several victims testified in favor of the bill at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in March, including Aaron Francios, whose mother was killed by her estranged boyfriend.

"The courts were made aware of his threats and that he had a gun," said Francios. "Yet, nothing was done to take it away from him. And because of this, my mother was killed."

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director Ron Sloan, and domestic abuse victims spoke in support of S.B. 197 at the House committee hearing in late March. One of the abuse victims who spoke was in the witness protection program.

Read Senate Bill 195: http://ch7ne.ws/17QFWE0

Read Senate Bill 197: http://ch7ne.ws/11B97om