Carry on

Those who wish to carry concealed weapons in Colorado can continue to do so — under the same requirements that have been in place for the better part of a decade.

They won’t be able to legally pack a pistol in their pocket without undergoing a background check or minimal training.

We believe that’s a good thing.

A state Senate committee, controlled by Democrats, on Tuesday killed a bill that would have allowed anyone in Colorado who could legally have a gun to carry a concealed weapon without first obtaining a permit from the local sheriff.

The bill had sailed through the Republican-controlled House, but everyone knew it would be targeted for elimination by Democrats in the Senate. And with good reason.

As one witness said during a hearing on House Bill 1205 Tuesday, the current system seems to be working just fine.

Those who are legally entitled to have concealed-carry permits have little trouble obtaining them. Those rejected for the permits are overwhelmingly people with criminal infractions in their background.

In addition to having a clean criminal record, those who want a concealed-carry permit under the existing law must demonstrate a minimal commitment to learning safety and legal issues. They must take a class that includes training in weapons handling, when and how it is appropriate to use a weapon, and legal issues related to concealed weapons.

That’s not an oppressive or unconstitutional requirement for someone who wants to tote a deadly weapon, hidden from view, around the state.

This legislative effort was, from the beginning, a manufactured issue where no real problem exists. There was little expectation of passing HB 1205 in the current Legislature. But it’s something Republican lawmakers who supported it can put on their campaign literature for the next election. Even so, Democrats did the right thing in killing the bill.


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