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CO – GUN CONTROL –  Colorado gun interest soars amid legislative safety push

As guns and ammo, background checks and concealed handgun permit numbers show no sign of slowing down, making sure every new gun owner is being safe and secure has become a priority for many. A bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature seeks to make securing firearms mandatory for all gun owners. The bill would make it unlawful to store a firearm in a manner in which a juvenile or individual ineligible to possess a firearm can gain access to it. Unlawful storage of a firearm would be considered a misdemeanor carrying a fine of $250 to $1,000. It would also require licensed gun dealers to provide a locking device when selling or transferring firearms. Noncompliance would be a misdemeanor with up to a $500 fine, reports the Associated Press. The bill cleared the committee level on a 7-4 party-line vote last week. Another gun-related bill was heard by the Colorado Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday, which would require owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement within five days of making the discovery.  [full article]

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