Dear. Mr. Caldara,
These past couple of weeks, we have been disappointed with your narrative in the media regarding SB15-175, a bill that would have repealed the unconstitutional magazine ban on law-abiding Colorado citizens. SB15-175 was a repeal of the law that was pushed through by Democrats in 2013 and could not have been amended according to Article V Section 21 of our state constitution.
As you know, in 2013 Democrats originally attempted to pass a ban on magazines that contained more than 10 rounds. To give one of their members coverage, the Democratic controlled legislature raised the limit to 15 rounds. When Representative Joe Salazar said “if there are bill sponsors that are willing to compromise on that bill, I am willing to sit down with them,” it was his attempt to appear diplomatic to his constituents in order to give himself coverage in the next election.
There has never been a bill that has attempted to raise the unconstitutional 15 round limit. Even if it were the case, the magazine ban is still unenforceable and unconstitutional no matter the set limit of rounds. The government has no business telling the people how many rounds they need to defend themselves or their loved ones in a dangerous situation, whether it be 15, 30, or 100 rounds. If we abandon our strong belief in the Constitution, we will lose the moral high ground and damage the reputation of our party. If we allow a compromise of our rights, a full repeal will never happen.
We have no assurances from Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst that she would allow a vote on a bill which would amend the limit on magazine capacity. And we have no assurances from Governor Hickenlooper that he will not veto the bill to appease the anti-gun left. If my colleague Representative Joe Salazar and others who supported the 2013 anti-gun laws are truly remorseful for their bad votes against our constitutional rights, they should simply vote to completely repeal the law.
You should be advocating for anti-gun legislators to do this. A lesser position diminishes the people’s wishes and prevents my anti-gun colleagues from taking full responsibility for their actions by voting for a full repeal.
Rep. Patrick Neville
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Red light cameras are a violation of personal privacy and liberty. Recently a study in Littleton showed that red light cameras caused an increase in accidents. Photo radar devices are used primarily to generate millions of dollars of revenue throughout the country.
Sign the petition today to urge your elected Representative and Senator to publicly support, co-sponsor and vote for HB15-1098 Red Light Camera Bill.
In summary, parental rights are under increasing attack in legislatures, courtrooms, and other public venues in Colorado. Those rights and responsibilities are at the foundation of parents successfully directing the upbringing, education, and providing for the physical and mental health of their minor children. SENATE BILL 15-077 Parents Bill of Rights seeks to halt the overreach of government into the family, reinforcing the fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children as a fundamental right.
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The bill creates a “Parent’s Bill of Rights” that sets forth specific rights of parents in regard to the education and physical and mental health care of their children. Specifically, the bill prohibits the state or any other government entity in Colorado from infringing upon the fundamental rights of a parent to direct the upbringing, education, and physical and mental health care of his or her child without first demonstrating that there is a compelling governmental interest and no less restrictive manner of doing so. Continue reading
Summary of Legislation
This bill prohibits state and local governments in Colorado from directly or indirectly constraining the exercise of religion, except in cases involving a compelling governmental interest. State and local governments, including individual public officials in their official capacity, must use the least restrictive means of furthering any such compelling governmental interest. Persons whose exercise of religion is burdened, or likely to be burdened, may assert a violation of the bill as a new claim or as a defense in court. The bill authorizes various remedies, including damages or an injunction, as well as costs and attorney fees. Continue reading