Concealed weapon database narrowly advances in Senate |

Concealed weapon database narrowly advances in Senate

DENVER – A proposal to continue a database of the state’s concealed weapons permit holders advanced in the Senate Thursday after a Western Slope Democrat switched her vote to support it.The database is set to expire July 1. The measure (House Bill 1174) would extend it for another four years and require the state auditor to study whether the information is accurate and whether it is helping law enforcement and public safety.Bill sponsor Sen. Bob Bacon, D-Fort Collins, said the database will help law enforcement know whether someone with a restraining order has a concealed weapon.Freshman Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, first voted against continuing the database but then changed to a yes vote in a second vote on the measure. She said she had previously told Bacon she would support it and switched back to supporting it when she realized the bill would have died otherwise.Schwartz, who narrowly defeated GOP incumbent Lew Entz in last fall’s election, acknowledged it was a difficult vote. She said she was glad the measure was changed so that it wouldn’t just continue indefinitely.”I feel the support by law enforcement is an important consideration yet I am a proponent for people’s second amendment rights,” she said.Democratic Sens. Jim Isgar and Lois Tochtrop voted with Republicans against the bill.

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