Tom Sullivan Will Sponsor Colorado Red Flag Law by Charles Yeganian

LEAPer and Rep.-elect Tom Sullivan will be the lead House sponsor of a red flag law in the upcoming session of the Colorado legislature, where Democrats regained control in this year’s midterms. From Michelle P. Fulcher, CPR News:

The last red flag gun bill in Colorado lived a short, contentious life. Opponents argued the legislation could be misused by people with an ax to grind against a gun owner, or violate Second Amendment rights.

Sullivan wants to talk through differences across the aisle with the help of experts. But he isn't backing down from the bill, nor is he worried about claims from Republicans that Democrats may overreach with the power of a political trifecta.

"This is what we’re going to do, and this is not an overreach," Sullivan said. "We were elected to go in there and govern, and that’s what we’re going to do."

I will be tracking this bill once it is introduced, and grading support.

In Colorado, Tom Sullivan is Emblematic of a Brighter Future for Gun Regulation by Charles Yeganian

Local Colorado gun activists - like the fantastic Colorado Ceasefire - see a window for passing a red flag law and other gun legislation in the state, writes Corey Hutchins in the Colorado Independent:


What Ceasefire called “easily the sweetest moment” of this year’s election was the successful campaign of Tom Sullivan of Centennial, whose son Alex was killed in the Aurora theater shooting. Sullivan, one of the most prominent gun-safety advocates in Colorado, won election to the House, beating incumbent Republican Cole Wist, who was the assistant minority leader. (Wist was actually a sponsor of last year’s red flag bill.)

Sullivan said a red flag bill, also known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order law, is his top priority once he gets into office in January. “That’s what I believe the community is asking for,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m there.”

Colorado was one of the brightest spots nationally on Election Day, not only electing Tom, but ousting NRA favorite Mike Coffman in a US House race and giving Democrats control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 2014.

Colorado Police Union Backs Tom Sullivan in HD-37 by Charles Yeganian


The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, the state’s largest police union, Wednesday announced it has endorsed Democrat Tom Sullivan for the House District 37 seat in Centennial over the Republican incumbent, Cole Wist.

Sullivan was the father of Alex Sullivan, one of the victims in the Aurora theater shooting, in which James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others.

“When my family and I needed law enforcement officers most on that terrible night in 2012, they were there for us,” Sullivan said in a statement. “While my opponent claims to support our community’s law enforcement officers, his record speaks otherwise.

From the day he announced his first campaign for state Senate in 2016, Sullivan has made gun control a key part of his message. While Wist enjoyed a double digit victory in winning his seat in the House two years ago, Sullivan outpaced him in June’s primary voting.