Colorado Senate shoots down bill allowing teachers to pack heat

“What is your answer then, for Yuma and Lonestar that came out and said they support this?” Renfroe asked. “So you’re telling them because of your opinions of a crossfire at your school with your child that they shouldn’t have their constitutional right to defend themselves or their students within their district?”

Ulibarri replied that the school district can budget for an armed community resource officer if it wishes.

“That school board that doesn’t have a school resource officer, I’m not sure how that’s my responsibility,” he said. “It sounds like that’s a decision made at the school board level.”

The bill died 3-2 on party lines after five hours of testimony, with Democrats citing accidental gun death statistics, lack of feedback from school districts and the relatively minimal training required of concealed carry permit holders compared to police when voting it down.

“They may be a crack shot or a crackpot,” Ulibarri said. “I don’t know.”

Republicans were clearly exasperated.

“I don’t understand the logic of voting against this bill and then dropping your kids off at school,” said Republican Sen. Steve King.

Monday’s bill was the first of several that will deal with gun issues, but Republican-backed bills aren’t expected to get far since Democrats control both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s mansion. Still to be heard is a bill that would make businesses liable if they forbid guns and don’t provide one armed guard for every 50 people, and another that would allow business owners and employees to use deadly force against intruders.

Democrats have yet to introduce their bills, which are expected to require universal background checks and ban high-capacity magazines, among other measures.

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