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.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Thursday said he’s skeptical any sheriff in the state – including Eagle County’s – will refuse to enforce the new red flag law that will allow police to confiscate guns from people deemed by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others.
I would like to thank Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle for openly expressing his support for the recently enacted "extreme risk protection order" legislation, commonly referred to as the red flag bill. This legislation places Colorado among more than a dozen other states that have recognized that reasonable legislation designed to help keep firearms temporarily out of the hands of dangerous people is truly in the best interests of our communities and our society.
Colorado becomes 15th state to have law that will allow weapons to be seized from persons the court deems a significant risk to themselves or others.
Colorado became the 15th U.S. state on Friday to adopt a “red flag” gun law allowing firearms to be taken from people who pose a danger, securing a deeply emotional victory for an Aurora shooting survivor.
On Friday afternoon, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the “red flag” bill that would allow guns to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose a significant risk to themselves or others.
Nearly half of Colorado’s 64 counties are joining a nationwide trend of passing resolutions opposing laws they don’t like, asserting that their elected county sheriffs need not enforce measures they view as unconstitutional and harkening back to a movement that has roots in white supremacy.
The Democrat-controlled Colorado Legislature sent a “red flag” bill to the governor that calls for taking firearms from people who could pose a threat to themselves or others.
Scored votes from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, and Utah