Bill Lowering Concealed-Carry Age For Military Passes Colorado Senate

posted on April 12, 2016

Republican Colorado state Sen. John Cooke’s measure to correct an extraordinary contradiction in which members of the military cannot apply for a Right-to-Carry permit before age 21 passed the Senate last week. “Here are 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds who are in the Army. They can be a door gunner and fire tanks. They can go overseas and defend us, but they can’t come back to Colorado and defend themselves with a concealed-carry permit,” Cooke told The Greeley Tribune. “That’s wrong.” 

The creation of the legislation actually began as a family matter. Earlier this year, Cooke’s daughter—a 19-year-old in the Army Reserves—was denied a concealed-carry permit as Colorado law requires applicants to be 21. Getting the bill through the Senate was Cooke’s first step in rectifying the oversight; now he sets his sites on the Democratic-controlled House. “It’s a good opportunity for the House Democrats to say ‘we are reasonable on gun issues,’” he said.

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