Colo. Lawmaker Leaves Loaded Handgun in State Capitol

Colorado Rep. Jared Wright agreed to be more careful” in the future and not carry the gun inside the building.

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014  |  Updated 3:12 PM CDT
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Colo. Lawmaker Leaves Loaded Handgun in State Capitol

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Colorado Rep. Jared Wright left a loaded handgun in the Colorado Capitol building earlier this month, The Denver Post reported. It's not the first time a lawmaker has run into trouble for carrying a concealed weapon.

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A Colorado state lawmaker left a loaded handgun in the state Capitol building earlier this month, The Denver Post reported.

Colorado Rep. Jared Wright, a Republican legislator, left the gun in a black canvas bag under a committee room table. Rep. Jonathan Singer, who sits next to Wright on the House Local Government committee, discovered the gun as he was clearing out the committee room after a Feb. 6 debate on concealed handgun permits.

“I just immediately notified the Sergeant at Arms and soon we realized it was Jared’s bag,” Singer told The Post Wednesday.

Wright, a former policeman and current “peace officer,” told the paper he often carries a gun on the chamber floor.

“I feel it’s my duty to be a first responder wherever I am at,” said Wright. “That’s why I carry it.”

But Colorado state law prohibits carrying a firearm in the Capitol “without legal authority.”

Wright agreed to stop carrying a gun inside the building after speaking with the Colorado State Patrol about the incident. He also received a call from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office.

This isn’t the first time a politician has gotten into trouble for toting a firearm.

In 2012, California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was cited after police discovered a loaded .45-caliber handgun in his carry-on briefcase at the Ontario International Airport. Donnelly, who said the incident was an accident, was later placed on probation for three years as part of a plea agreement.

In January, Leslie Combs, a Kentucky lawmaker, accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office. That same month, New York Homeland Security chief Jerry Hauer used a laser on his handgun as a pointer during a meeting with Swedish officials.

But in other statehouses, carrying firearms to work is more commonplace. In Texas, dozens of lawmakers have concealed-carry permits and regularly bring their firearms into work. They can even use their permits as an E-ZPass of sorts to skip a security area with metal detectors and scanners.

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