Fruita Lawmaker Leaves Loaded Firearm in House Committee Room
Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita says he'll no longer carry a firearm in the Capitol Building after inadvertently leaving a loaded handgun in a committee room.
On February 6 after a debate on concealed handguns permits, Rep. Jonathan Singer found a black canvas bag containing a loaded handgun. Singer told the Denver Post Wednesday,
I just immediately notified the Sergeant at Arms and soon we realized it was Jared’s bag.
Wright is in his first term and served the Fruita Police Department from 2007 to 2011. He often carries a concealed handgun in the Capitol building, under the state statue he has the right to as a peace officer. He told the Denver Post that he carries the weapon because he feels it's his duty to be a first responder.
Gov. John Hickenlooper's office contact Wright about the incident and have come to an agreement that he will no longer carry the weapon in the Capitol.