Colorado House passes first gun bill of the session, requiring lost or stolen guns to be reported within five days

Colorado House passes first gun bill of the session, requiring lost or stolen guns to be reported within five days

Legislators work in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Denver on the second day of the 73rd General Assembly of the Colorado State Legislature on Jan. 14, 2021. A bill requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to authorities within a five-day window passed the Colorado House on Monday. It is the first piece of gun legislation to be this close to the finish line in the 2021 Colorado Legislative session, and comes two weeks after the Boulder mass shooting at a King Soopers that killed 10 people. In a last-minute amendment, the bill was renamed after 21-year-old Isabella Joy Thallas , who was fatally shot in June by a man who stole the gun from a Denver police officer’s home. Because of the amended name, the measure must receive one final approval from the Senate before it’s sent to Gov. Jared Polis. The legislation, which passed Monday on a party-line vote of 41-24, would make the first failure to report a lost or stolen gun a civil infraction that’s punishable by a $25 fine. Other offenses would be Class 3 misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of $500. Ana Thallas, Isabella’s mother, said she had mixed feelings after she watched the vote, saying her daughter shouldn’t have to be dead to make change. Thallas said she wants people to remember her daughter’s “forgiving spirit, kind heart, her brilliant mind, her resilience and how beautiful she was,” and she hopes that this bill will protect more lives. […]

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