Colorado Red Flag law moving ahead

The measure, HB1177, was partly introduced by Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial. Sullivan's son, Alex, was one of the 12 people killed during the Aurora theater shooting in on July 20, 2012. It was his 27th birthday.

"I wear my son Alex's jacket every single day I come to the state Capitol," Sullivan said. "Watching your child's body drop onto the ground is as bad as it gets. And I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that none of you have to do that. I don't care what party you belong to, I'm going to do everything I can until this jacket falls off of me."

The man convicted of that crime … had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, with his attorneys saying he suffered from mental illness.

Sullivan was a LEAP Forward endorsed candidate during the 2018 cycle, and is fulfilling a promise he made to sign on to red flag legislation in the state. HB 1177 is scheduled for a committee hearing this week, and LEAP Forward is grading action on the bill and scoring support.