Colorado lawmaker leaves loaded handgun in committee room

Associated Press - Updated: February 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm • Published: February 20, 2014 | 3:55 pm 0

DENVER - A state lawmaker says he'll no longer carry a firearm in the Capitol after he inadvertently left a loaded handgun in a committee room.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/yd59zbz ) that Republican state Rep. Jared Wright of Fruita left the gun behind in his bag after a Feb. 6 committee debate on concealed handgun permits.

State law prohibits guns in the Capitol "without legal authority." Wright, who was on the Fruita police force in 2007-2011, says that as a peace officer he has a right to be armed in the Capitol.

Wright says after speaking with the State Patrol and Gov. John Hickenlooper's office, he won't carry a gun in the Capitol anymore.

Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat, says he found the loaded gun after Wright and others left.

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