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  •  An interesting thing happend this week (1+ / 0-)
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    at the committee review of the bill attempting to repeal the background check bill - this is the bill proposed by George Rivera who replaced Angela Giron in Pueblo via the recall.

    The bill failed, but it came out in the committee's questioning of the recall sponsor, Victor Head - the guy who got the recall going - that he seems to have lied to Pueblo voters and told them private transfers (loans) of firearms would be made illegal by the bill, and it would make people who transferred (loaned) a gun to a relative, for example, a criminal.

    The truth is, Giron herself drafted an exemption in that bill that would stop that from happening - so that relatives could in fact loan guns to one another for a period of time and not be subject to the background check in that transaction.

    But that didn't stop the recallers from spreading that falsehood in the run up to the vote.

    I think voters will get another chance to weigh in on Giron's old seat - wouldn't it be great for Giron to get on the ballot again and tell the voters the truth, which is she was in fact sensitive to the wishes of her constituents who were concerned that loaning guns to relatives would make them criminals - and so she drafted legislation that specifically addressed that concern? And, pointing out that it was the recall sponsor himself - and maybe Rivera - that was spreading that falsehood?

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:28:08 AM PST

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    •  Are you sure? (0+ / 0-)

      The VoteSmart record of the bill shows that the original version that passed in the House already had that exemption language. If you read the changes to the text of bill as it evolved, the things listed as changes due to the House/Senate conference on the VoteSmart synopsis were actually there in the original.

      So while Head may deservedly lose some credibility if he was spreading lies, Giron gets few or no points for creating an exemption that was already there.

      •  It was her committee that added the exemption (1+ / 0-)
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        to the Senate version - they were separate bills that later were reconciled:

        On straight party-line votes, Giron's committee approved bills to prohibit concealed weapons from being carried in college buildings; require that customers pay the cost of background checks; and require background checks on all gun sales or transfers.

        Giron amended the background legislation to exempt gun owners who give weapons to family members and to let them lend weapons to friends for up to 72 hours.

        "Based on what I heard from constituents, I made the background-check legislation friendlier to gun owners," she said.

        The senate version didn't begin with that exemption, it had to be added and Giron added it and the committee approved at their discretion.

        "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

        by We Shall Overcome on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:35:16 AM PST

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