[Colo Bill of Rights, Art. II, par. 13.]
That the right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.[Pg. 160]
By Mr. Brewster*:
Q. Do you know how many explosions, Mr. Welborn, there have been in this State in your mines?--A. You mean during the entire period of our company's operation?
Q. Yes.--A. No; I do not.
Q. Well, then, take it since you have been president.--A. Since I have been president of the company we have had two serious explosions.
Q. Let us see, you became president in 1907?--A. 1907, yes.
Q. Two serious explosions, and those were at Primero?--A. Primero and Starkville. It is possible that another explosion at Primero occurred after 1907, but I am not sure as to that. The record will show; that is what we term the first explosion.
Q. Did you find out anything more about whether those four guns in the north were some of those you had ordered, or some others?
A. I have sought no information on that point.
Q. You know, anyway, of eight that you ordered?--A. I know of eight that I ordered and paid for, our company paid for.
Q. And you got them because you must have either a very much larger number of men or something that would act like a much larger number of men in throwing off bullets; that is the idea?--A. In the protection of our property and men.
Q. In case of necessity?--A. Yes.
Q. Then, of course, you claim the constitutional right to protect your property with arms, don't you?--A. I certainly do.
Q. You do not attempt, then, in claiming that to deny the rights of other people, do you? A. I do not....[Pg. 558]
* - James H. Brewster, was a special counsel before the congressional committee.