Despite Warnings, Guzman Puts Gun Control Before Local Jobs

February 26, 2013

GUZMAN: “They do employ a lot of people. However, I’m here as the legislator. I’m here to vote on a very important bill about the safety of our people.”

DENVER — The Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lucia Guzman (D-Denver), told The Denver Post in a recent interview that she supports a bill banning standard capacity gun magazines over 15 rounds, despite the fact that it could decimate jobs in her district.

On Friday, The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels published an interview with Senator Guzman where she stood by her support of the bill, HB1224, even after Bartels pointed out that two companies residing in Guzman’s district, Lawrence Tool and Molding and Alfred Manufacturing, would leave the state should the bill pass.

“It’s always been a lifelong interest of mine to support small businesses, so it’s very problematic if we lose a business like that to our neighborhood,” said Senator Guzman.

“They do employ a lot of people. However, I’m here as the legislator. I’m here to vote on a very important bill about the safety of our people. And so yes, it gives me caution, but I’ll have to vote with that in mind.”

Guzman’s decision to buck the economic interests of her district appear to ignore advice offered by her Senate colleague, Senator Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton), who told The Colorado Observer recently that Democrats “have to be very careful to vote their district’s sentiments” on gun issues.

“I think Clinton is right on for the state of Colorado,” referencing the former president’s warning to Democrats about overzealously pushing gun control legislation. “There is a lot of hysteria on both sides. I think we have to be moderate on these issues.”

Governor Hickenlooper, known for his moderate stances on most issues and a fellow Democrat, refused to publicly support HB1224, or any other proposed gun bill working its way through the Legislature other than universal background checks, when asked about the issue on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.

With opponents of HB1224, and other legislation seen by critics as suppressing the Second Amendment, flooding town hall meetings across the state this weekend, Democrats are witnessing a public backlash against their agenda which is rare for state legislative issues, normally not given much attention by the public.

Whether any Democrats in the Senate heed Clinton’s advice has yet to be seen. The bill banning standard capacity magazines over 15 rounds, which cleared the Democrat-controlled House last week, is expected to be taken up in the Senate next week.

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5 Responses to Despite Warnings, Guzman Puts Gun Control Before Local Jobs

  1. wrongheifer
    February 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Do not claim you are ‘protecting’ anyone when you are stripping us of the ability to protect ourselves!

    Do NOT take that Right from the PEOPLE…

  2. Rex
    February 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Why do you think no republican or one free thinking democrat voted for any of these bills? It is pretty evident they are just voting party line not with any reasoning or logic. If they did they would see that all of the studies and facts show infringing upon law abiding citizens 2nd Amendment rights will not stop deranged persons from hurting other people. It will however allow criminals more freedom to attack and menace innocent citizens!

    I have e-mailed and called every Colorado senator and congressmen evidently they did not listen. Come voting time I won’t listen to them!

  3. Steve
    February 28, 2013 at 5:11 am

    In Cape Girardeau, MO a woman was brutally raped. Her attacker promised he would be back. Despite stepped up police patrols, he made good on his threat. She defended herself with a shotgun loaned to her by a friend.

    Colorado gun control bills HB1228 and 1229 would victimize a similarly situated rape victim, possibly getting her raped again or even killed. By requiring all private transfers to go through a dealer, it would make this last-minute “12 ga. life insurance policy” both expensive and cumbersome – if not impossible.

    Many gun dealers will not transfer used, private firearms due to liability concerns should they later be found to be defective. Those that are willing would typically charge around $25 for the service. Add in at least $10 for the new CBI fees and you’re up to $35 each way. Looking at a roundtrip fee of $70 and two trips to a gun shop, do you think the friend would be quite as likely to loan the victim a shotgun? Especially if both the friend and the victim were poor? Gun control always victimizes the law abiding poor.

    To add insult to injury, CBI’s “insta-check” recently took as long as 11 days to process transfers. This victim’s rapist returned in 5 days.

    Note to Colorado Democrats: How dare you lecture us about victims!


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