Colorado Dems want to allow judges to seize guns from people in crisis, but need GOP support

Posted: 4:12 PM, Apr 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-13 22:12:54Z

DENVER -- A series of recent fatal shootings in Colorado and nationwide is leading Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Democratic lawmakers to push for a “ red flag law ” that would allow judges to temporarily seize guns from people they consider to be a threat.

The late effort is part of a  nationwide discussion  about the intersection of mental health and the Second Amendment after the February massacre at a South Florida high school and the  fatal shooting of a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy  almost two months earlier — sparking what could be one of the largest policy pushes this year at the state Capitol.

Major firearm legislation has not been passed in Colorado  since 2013 , when two Democrats  were recalled  over their support for  measures  expanding background check requirements and outlawing high-capacity magazines.

“This is an appropriate step for states to take,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, a Denver Democrat who is among those leading the legislative effort. “I’m trying hard to create a Colorado solution that can be signed by the governor.”

Hickenlooper, a term-limited Democrat, supports a “red flag” law, but he is deferring to the General Assembly to draft a bill. Though if no action is taken, the governor acknowledged Thursday, he would consider executive action on the issue.

Read the full story in The Denver Post.