Colorado’s red flag law: Attorney General’s Office details breakdown of petitions filed in 2020

Colorado's red flag law: Attorney General’s Office details breakdown of petitions filed in 2020

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Photo by: David Zalubowski/AP Flags fly at half-staff in front of the dome of the Colorado State Capitol while it is illuminated in red light to remember the more than 1,000 people in the state who have died from the new coronavirus, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Denver. Buildings across the state were lighted red to coincide with a moment of silence at 7 p.m. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) A new report details how Coloradans called on the red flag law in 2020 — its first year as a law — and how often courts approved orders to remove a firearm from a person’s possession if they were threatening violence to themselves or others with it. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office released the report on Wednesday morning. It examines the first year of the state’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III Violence Prevention Act , commonly known as the red flag law, which took effect on the first of the year in 2020. It allows a judge to issue an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm if the individual poses a risk to themselves or others for up to 364 days. A temporary order may be granted before a hearing, but cannot exceed 14 days. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law on April 12, 2019, and said he expected it to be used about […]

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