facebook
twitter
search
search

Colorado Rep. leaves loaded gun in room after debate on concealed handgun permits

Rep. Jonathan Singer found a bag containing Colorado Rep. Jared Wright's gun.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Feb. 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM

DENVER, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- After firing off during a debate about concealed handgun permits in a committee room of the state Capitol, a Colorado representative had something slip his mind -- the loaded handgun he had stashed under his seat.

Colorado Rep. Jared Wright left a black canvas bag containing a loaded firearm under his seat and left the room where the House Local Government committee had been debating.

The lawmaker who sits next to him, Rep. Jonathan Singer, found it. “I just immediately notified the Sergeant at Arms and soon we realized it was Jared’s bag,” Singer told the Denver Post.

Although state law prohibits carrying a gun in the Capitol “without legal authority” Wright has the right to pack heat as a peace officer after serving in the Fruita Police Department from 2007 until 2011.

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

The office of Gov. John Hickenlooper contacted Wright about the incident and he consented to stop carrying the gun in the building and “agreed to be more careful” with the firearm.


[The Denver Post]

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Man kicked by camel while attempting selfie with nursing calf
Japanese firm accepts mecha robot battle challenge from United States
Early 90s prototype 'Nintendo PlayStation' purportedly discovered by Redditor
Florida man captures lightning strike on Gainesville Wendy's
A new, thinner Oreo cookie is set to hit shelves