Colorado appeals court: GOP lawmakers can challenge gun law

Colorado appeals court: GOP lawmakers can challenge gun law

Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 11, 2020. (Andy Bosselman for Newsline) DENVER (AP) — A Colorado appeals court panel on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers and a Colorado gun-rights group challenging a “red flag” law that allows courts to order firearms taken away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others. The lawsuit, filed in 2019, argues that majority Democrats in the House denied Republican lawmakers their constitutional right to have the red flag legislation be read in its entirety during the debate. The bill was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, and the law took effect in 2020. When one GOP lawmaker requested a reading, multiple clerks read sections of the bill simultaneously, the plaintiffs said. A second representative’s request that the bill is read was denied, they said. Democrats countered that the bill was being read on the floor at the subsequent request of a Republican lawmaker until he withdrew that request. Colorado Politics reports that a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals overturned a Denver district court judge’s ruling that the judiciary should not intrude on the prerogatives of the Legislature or other branches of government. The panel cited a Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated case that the courts can consider whether the Legislature has complied with the constitutional mandate for the reading of bills. The panel said Republican Rep. Dave Williams and former Republican […]

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