POINT/COUNTER: House Bill 21-1106: Should Colorado strengthen rules on firearm storage?

POINT/COUNTER: House Bill 21-1106: Should Colorado strengthen rules on firearm storage?

Point: Rep. Mark Baisley Every year all 100 Colorado State legislators are invited to propose five bills each into the lawmaking process that are ideas intended to improve the way government operates. But the statist (“a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs”) approach to the role of government concocts altruistic plans put into practice by the force of law. Such laws are the result of more casual conversations among micromanager personalities who get themselves elected to public office. In 2019, the Democrat Party-controlled Legislature passed Senate Bill 19-039, making it illegal for a school bus to pick up students from adjacent school districts without permission from the resident’s school board. This silly law is intended to resolve conflicts between competing school districts without the superintendents having to work out matters professionally — like with a phone call. The “Safe Storage of Firearms” bill (HB21-1106) is yet another example of city-dwelling legislators overplaying their authority to exact a practice that they believe would be best for everyone. HB21-1106 introduces a new Class 2 misdemeanor where “A person commits unlawful storage of a firearm when the person fails to responsibly and securely store a firearm.” The bill includes threats of imprisonment and fines to firearms dealers and their customers. The motivation for this law is a concern that we share. However, this solution is not only worse than the problem — it is unmistakably unconstitutional. To no one’s surprise, HB21-1106 challenges the […]

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