Fire Away

Ask John Bray if Denver's gun laws are too strict.

Just up the steps and inside the Capitol, though, the performances have been much less courageous. Not only did legislators kill a measure that would have made SAFE's initiative unnecessary, but they've sent two more get-soft-on-guns measures to Owens.

In addition to SB 154, there's the ludicrous provision that would keep private the names of those brave citizens granted concealed-carry permits in this state. Also ready for Owens's approval is House Bill 1208, which would prohibit anyone in the state from filing a negligence suit against the gun industry. Not that any such suits have been seen in Colorado (although thirty have been filed across the country, except in the fourteen states that have already banned them). Last year Owens declined to sign a similar bill -- but Attorney General Ken Salazar had already determined that the 1999 measure's wording was unconstitutional, since it specifically banned home-rule cities such as Denver from filing suits. (The gun lobby has since fixed that glitch.) And last year, the sounds of the gunfire at Columbine were echoing across Colorado.

Thirteen months later, we still hear them -- but now they merely disturb our conscience, rather than call it to action.

Bray learned this lesson the hard way.

Hall has admitted shooting the bicyclist, according to court documents. At any moment, the Denver DA's office will be filing first-degree murder charges against him.

But before that gun was fired, another law was broken. And the blood, like the traffic, flows on.

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