“In the moments after lawmakers and visitors cleared a committee room Feb. 6 following a debate on concealed handgun permits, Rep. Jonathan Singer found a black canvas bag under the table where lawmakers sit,” denverpost.com reports. “Inside, Singer discovered a loaded handgun that belonged to Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, who sits next to him on the House Local Government committee. ‘I just immediately notified the Sergeant at Arms and soon we realized it was Jared’s bag,’ Singer, a Democrat from Longmont, said Wednesday.” Wait a moment. Isn’t the state capitol a gun-free zone? As any politician caught with his proverbial (or literal) pants down would say, I’m glad you asked me that question . . .
Wright, who is in his first term, told The Denver Post he often carries a concealed handgun inside the Capitol and under state statute has the right to do so as a peace officer. State law prohibits carrying a gun in the Capitol “without legal authority.” . . .
“I feel it’s my duty to be a first responder wherever I am at,” said Wright. “That’s why I carry it.”
Really? A retired police officer can carry in the State House? Show me the statute! Meanwhile, I’m not entirely comfortable with Wright’s suggesiton that he’s more of a “first responder” than any other legally armed civilian. Assuming he’s right about being able to carry in the legislative chamber. Worse, it looks like he kissed the ass of Colorado’s gun-grabber-in-chief to “put things right.”
Wright said he was contacted by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office about the incident and after speaking with Colorado State Patrol and Roxane White, Hickenlooper’s chief of staff, he agreed to no longer carry it inside the building. A report was not filed.
I’m sorry. If he has the right to carry a gun in the State House then Fruita’s finest should have told Hickenlooper to kiss his ass. If not, Wright should be charged and prosecuted like any other civilian who breaks the rules about carrying a firearm into the legislative lion’s den.
All that said, on-body carry, people. Off-body carry is inherently irresponsible because of the inherent chance that the owner will lose control of his firearm. Hey, isn’t that a crime in Colorado?