Colorado “red flag” gun bill passes Democratic-controlled House — but with almost no GOP support

Joe Amon, Denver Post file The Colorado House in January 2018. Legislation that would allow Colorado judges to order the seizure of guns from people who are considered a “significant risk” to themselves or others passed out of the Democratic-controlled House on Friday night with almost no Republican support. House Bill 1436 cleared the chamber by a 37-23 vote — with two Republicans voting “aye” — but not before facing another round of GOP backlash. “If you truly care about those in uniform who protect us every day you will not take away the rights that they defend overseas,” said House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, in assailing the measure. Red flag bill passes the Colorado House, but with almost no GOP support. #coleg #copolitics Democrats argue the legislation is among the best of so-called “red flag” bills and laws in the U.S. “We have the opportunity to take a vote today that I truly believe will save lives,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett. “This bill has the potential to prevent mass shootings … and suicides.” The bill would allow relatives, household members or law enforcement to petition a judge to issue a temporary extreme risk protection order for the removal of firearms from a person who is deemed a significant risk. The court would hold a second hearing within a week on whether to weigh evidence that would bar the person from having or receiving a firearm for six months — and potentially longer. […]

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