Colorado Has Several New Historic Gun Control Laws, All Passed With Little Pushback. What’s Next?

Colorado Has Several New Historic Gun Control Laws, All Passed With Little Pushback. What’s Next?

Visitors at the makeshift memorial fence outside King Soopers supermarket on Table Mesa Drive, Monday, March 29, 2021. The memorial is for the 10 people killed at the store when a gunman opened fire on Monday, March 22, 2021. When state Rep. Judy Amabile was elected last fall to represent Boulder in the state legislature, she did not expect to personally focus on gun policy at the Capitol. But that changed on March 22, when a gunman killed 10 people in her city, inside a King Soopers store. Amabile became one of several Democrats who made 2021 a historic year for new, stricter gun laws in Colorado. Gov. Jared Polis signed the final three over the weekend. Democrats introduced some of the bills before the King Soopers shooting, but for some lawmakers, they all took on new urgency in its wake. “I think we did a really great job this session of addressing this gun violence, which is a public health disaster and emergency, and the shooting in Boulder really brought that to the top of the agenda,” Amabile said. Democrats passed a half dozen bills they say will curb gun violence. The new laws will require people to safely store firearms and report a lost or stolen firearm . Another measure is meant to better enforce an existing law that removes guns from people charged with domestic violence. Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg grew up in Boulder and, like Amabile, also represents the Senate district where the shooting […]

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