Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman wants concealed carry for guns across state lines

Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman wants concealed carry for guns across state lines

Days after it was reported that Cynthia Coffman, who is running for governor in Colorado, was one of only two Republican attorneys general who hadn’t signed a letter in support of an NRA-backed law to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry hidden guns in any state, she said she supports it. 

“Better late than never,” said David Kopel, a Colorado attorney who has written books and articles about gun laws and the Second Amendment and supports the federal legislation. 

The U.S. House could vote on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act this week, just around the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and as advocates for more regulation of firearms are holding vigils around the nation. The proposed law, which is a top priority for the National Rifle Association, would expand concealed carry rights from state to state.

Over the weekend in the western heartland, The Salt Lake Tribune published a story about Utah AG Sean Reyes offering his support for the law. 

Buried in the Dec. 2 story was this line:

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who recently joined her state’s 2018 gubernatorial race, and Tennessee Attorney General Henry Slatery didn’t sign the letter and didn’t respond to a request for comment.

A day later, according to her office, Coffman sent her own letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass the federal law.

“Currently, ten states refuse to recognize any out-of-state concealed carry permits, while others require fulfillment of onerous conditions before these rights are acknowledged,” Coffman wrote. Colorado, she continued, respects the rights of those who live here and those who are visiting to carry guns as long as they comply with the laws of their home states. “I believe everyone should respect this right,” she wrote. “I urge you to support concealed carry across state lines.”

On Monday, Dec. 4, Coffman tweeted about the issue from an account that promotes her candidacy for governor.

Coffman’s spokesman in the Attorney General’s Office, Annie Skinner, didn’t respond to an email asking why Coffman did not initially sign onto the Dec. 1 letter penned by Missouri’s GOP attorney general, Joshua Hawley.

Tom Mauser, a spokesman for Colorado Ceasefire, a nonprofit that works on preventing gun violence, says he worries that if the law passes, visitors to Colorado from states with looser permitting laws will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

“It’s really a rush to lower the bar completely to having no permitting system at all,” says Mauser, whose son was killed at Columbine. 

Colorado allows reciprocity in 32 states, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Like a majority of other states, in Colorado gun owners can openly carry guns without a permit. In order to carry concealed weapons, residents must apply for a permit through their local sheriff’s office.

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Corey Hutchins

is a journalist in Colorado, and Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain correspondent for the United States Project. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyHutchins and email him at CoreyHutchins [at] gmail [dot] com.

1 Comment

  1. Will Morrison on said:

    JUST what we need, MORE guns and in the hands of people from OUT OF STATE, TOO! Good FREAKING GOD, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE????? Do you REALLY want people in this state who are carrying guns around when you have NO idea of ANYTHING about them? Are they competent? Are they SANE? Why do they NEED a gun to come to our state? We have one of the lower crime rates in the country, WHO do they need all this “protection” from?

    What the hell is this even about? We are up to our butts in gun deaths in this country, and the AG of this state wants EVEN MORE of them here? Do we ONLY elect LUNATICS, now?

    The right is turning us against ourselves DAILY in this country, and are doing their best to make sure that we are all armed to the hilt. They are stirring up racial, religious and every other kind of bigotry they can, pissing everyone off, and now we all get to deal with even MORE guns around in the hands of those who prove CONSTANTLY that they can’t handle the responsibility of holding on.

    This is stupidity and foolishness on a scale I can’t even IMAGINE. Yes, BY ALL MEANS, what we need in this society is MORE DAMNED GUNS. We aren’t killing ourselves and each other NEARLY fast enough for the GOP.

    Christ almighty, this is one of the most incredibly STUPID things possible to support. And when this passes and EVEN MORE people die as a result, the righties will cheer and say this is how a country is SUPPOSED to be run. Hoe you like hearing about “thoughts and prayers”, because when the deaths pile up, that’s ALL you’re going to hear about.

    This whole country has gone totally INSANE. Starting at the TOP. Here is a PERFECT EXAMPLE of how.

    Stop the bus, I want OFF.

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