Colorado’s senators voted yes on measure

By GARY HARMON
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Colorado’s senators voted for a measure that would have allowed concealed-weapons permit holders to carry weapons in other states.

The vote, however, fell short of a filibuster-proof majority by a 58–39 vote, with Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, both Democrats, voting in favor of the measure sought by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

Colorado since 2003 has had a “relatively relaxed” reciprocity statute recognizing the
conceal-carry permits of 27 other states, Udall noted in a statement.

“Our experience over the last six years does not lead me to conclude that passage of this amendment would raise the risk of unlawful gun smuggling or other criminal acts,” Udall said.

Bennet also cited the reciprocity statute and noted that any holder of a concealed-carry permit from another state is subject to Colorado law while in the state “and that would have remained the law if the Thune amendment had passed.”

Twenty Democrats joined 38 Republicans in voting for the amendment, while two Republicans,

Richard Lugar of Indiana and George Voinovich of Ohio, joined 35 Democrats and two independents in opposing it.

The National Rifle Association will use the vote as part of its rankings for senators, the association said.


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