Denver District Court judge dismisses lawsuit on Colorado red flag gun law

Denver District Court judge dismisses lawsuit on Colorado red flag gun law

The Colorado State Capitol building, closed to public indefinitely, is seen here on March 17, 2020. Amid a patchwork of stay-at-home orders across the state and after previously ordering various business closures, Gov. Jared Polis on March 25 ordered the majority of Colorado’s 5.8 million residents to stay home in order to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus. 0 A Denver District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging how Colorado’s controversial red flag gun law was passed. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, along with Colorado House Republicans Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, Rep. Lori Saine of Firestone and Rep. Dave Williams of Colorado Springs, sued Gov. Jared Polis over House Bill 19-1177. They alleged it shouldn’t have passed last year because it violated the Colorado Constitution’s “reading requirement” when Williams’ and Saine’s requests to have it read at length were denied or not considered. The constitution calls for bills to be read at length unless “dispensed with upon unanimous consent of the members present.” The red flag law took effect Jan. 1 and allows judges to temporarily remove firearms from people who are believed to be at high risk of harming themselves or others. Supporters say it will decrease shootings and suicides, but opponents have called it an unconstitutional infringement on their Second Amendment rights. The Republicans asserted that House Democrats used unconstitutional and illegal tactics to push the bill forward, which Democrats have disputed. The lawsuit wasn’t about whether their Second Amendment rights were being […]

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