Gun Control in Colorado

Colorado State Capitol Building
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With the dust from the election finally settling, all eyes are on the next legislative session.  To figure out what exactly is on the horizon, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

Bente believes the biggest issue facing the legislature will be the topic of oil and gas.  The Governor's task force will be giving suggestions, but the impact they will have is unknown.  With a divided legislature, gun control will come up but she doubts any changes to the existing laws will happen. 
 

Democratic state lawmakers say a new law requiring universal background checks for gun purchases is working well. Data from the Department of Public Safety shows 2 percent of private gun sales were blocked because of the law.

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Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

Two new Colorado gun regulations went into effect July 1st, a response from lawmakers to last year's mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

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  • Magpul gives away magazines before state gun laws go into effect

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  • Conservation groups urge BLM to end secrecy
  • Montrose Library reduces hours, will begin Saturday closures in July
  • BLM approves plan for new multi-use trail system near Ridgeway
  • Sheriffs in 54 of 64 state counties join protest against new gun control laws
  • Montrose resident comments on treatment of circus animals
  • North Fork prep track teams earn many honors at state meet
  • ISeeChange report on bird populations at Hart's Basin

Headlines:

  • Gun magazine limit goes to Governor for signature
  • Gun store owner in Grand Junction discusses current trends
  • Paonia public meeting Monday to plan new facilities at PHS
  • Crane Days take place this weekend in Eckert
  • Parks and Wildlife officials urge caution when collecting antlers

One of the most controversial Democratic gun bills at the statehouse is now headed to the Governor for his signature. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Headlines:

  • West Elk Mine Has Long Record of Perfect Compliance
  • "Day of Resistance" Rallies Against Gun Control
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  • Thompson Divide Leasing Options Confusing
  • Illegal Immigrants Likely To Get In-state Tuition
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Colorado’s gun control debate is making national news because of remarks from one Democratic lawmaker about rape. The comments came during a debate on banning concealed carry weapons on college campuses. As part of our capitol conversation series Bente Birkeland takes a look at the political ramifications and what's driving the story.


Headlines:

  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Control Debate Gets Weird
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  • Bears In-Town Forays Higher Than Ever Last Year
  • iSeeChange Update: Biking Season on Jumbo Mountain Extended
  • Paonia Wrestlers Win Second State Title in a Row, Fourth Overall

Headlines:

  • Regulators seek to define terms in Amendment 64
  • Dems pass controversial gun control bills in state house
  • Wildlife experts seeking help in restoring black-footed ferrets
  • Former Interior Secretary Babbitt urges conservation

A controversial package of Democratic gun control bills cleared the house yesterday. The measures now head to the state senate. And as Bente Birkeland reports the bills still face strong opposition from Republicans and some Democrats.


Headlines:

  • Lawmakers debate concealed weapons on college campuses
  • Local Sports Report
  • Police report record number of DUI arrests over Super Bowl Weekend
  • KVNF cub reporters interview Paonia about Valentine's Day

Guns were once again the focus at the Colorado Statehouse on Wednesday. A Democratic proposal to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses got its first hearing in the house education committee. It highlights the longer battle that will take place this session on gun laws. Bente Birkeland has more.

Headlines:

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  • NY town bans any discussion of fracking in public meetings
  • Two gun control bills pass in Judiciary Committee
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  • State Republicans starting to favor instate tuition for illegals

A huge crowd turned out at the state capitol on Tuesday for a hearing on two key Democratic gun proposals. One measure would require universal background checks for gun purchases; the other would ban high capacity magazines. Both bills passed their first test, the house judiciary committee. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Headlines:

  • BLM defers leases from Mesa Verde, Dinosaur National Monument
  • Poll shows residents of Rocky Mountain states strongly favor conservation
  • Dems at State House face conflict from friends and foes over gun control
  • Western Slope Conservation Center moves forward after merger of non-profits

State Democrats recently unveiled their much-anticipated package of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the chances of the bills passing, and the internal debate among state Democrats.


Headlines:

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  • State Senate Takes Up Civil Unions Bill
  • State Rep Wants To Promote Hemp Over Pot
  • Fire and Drought Depress Rafting Visits in 2012
  • NRA Meets With Governor Over Gun Control

Headlines:

  • State Dems Want to Extend Liability for Assault Weapon Mayhem to Gun Sellers and Manufacturers
  • Proposed Legislation Would Cut Wasted Election Costs for Uncontested Primaries
  • State Considers Closing Western Slope Prison
  • BLM Gets More Pushback For Gas Leasing In Colorado Than Region-wide
  • Utah Woman Contests Choking Allegations

The debate over gun violence and gun control is everywhere today. Here's a different way to look at it, something called Sounds of the High County, a collaboration between Paonia-based High Country News and Rocky Mountain Community Radio affiliate KDNK. KDNK’s Nelson Harvey talks with High Country News Senior Editor Jonathan Thompson about his story on how westerners feel about gun control.

The gun debate will be one of the central issues during the state’s legislative session, and lawmakers have already heard the first Republican proposals. They both failed along party lines and highlight the wide difference between Democrats and the GOP when it comes to tackling gun violence. Bente Birkeland discusses the dynamic as part of our capitol conversation series.


Headlines:

  • North Fork Valley Oil and Gas Leasing Makes It To NY Times
  • Study Finds Colorado Well Inspections Can't Keep UP
  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Debate at the Statehouse
  • More Than Half of Denied Gun Sales are Overturned on Appeal
  • Bi-partisan Bill in US House Would Favor Small Hydroelectric Projects
  • iSeeChange Changecast: Winter Bird Feeding Habits

Headlines:

  • Grand Junction BLM hosts open houses, seeks RMP comments
  • BLM withdraws three parcels near Dinosaur National Monument from sale
  • First gun control bill in State Legislature defeated by Dems
  • Sheriffs McKee, Dunlap attend pro-gun rally in Delta
  • KVNF intern reports on attitudes toward school

Concealed gun bill fails

Jan 29, 2013

The gun control debate sounded off both inside and outside the state capitol yesterday. Gun control advocates rallied at the capitol, and Democratic state senators struck down the first gun bill of the legislative session. The measure would’ve allowed school employees to carry concealed handguns. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Colorado’s Speaker of the House says he expects lawmakers to act on several of President Barack Obama’s recommendations to curb gun violence. Bente Birkeland reports that Governor John Hickenlooper has also called for a broad discussion on guns during the legislative session.


State lawmakers have already introduced more than 100 bills on a wide variety of topics since the legislature began last Wednesday. From the state capitol, Bente  Birkeland has more on the first of many gun measures.


Headlines:

  • West Elk Mine Expansion Approved By BLM
  • Curbing Gun Violence, A Discussion
  • Record Gun Sales In Colorado Overwhelms Background Checks
  • Hotel Jerome Gets Facelift

Curbing gun violence will be one of the hotly debated issues at the state capitol when lawmakers return on January 9th. As part of our capitol conversation series statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at some of the ideas being circulated.


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