Douglas County GOP condemns its own sheriff over red flag bill

Douglas County GOP condemns its own sheriff over red flag bill

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Assault Rifles for sale like the AR-15 and AR-10 hanging on the wall (Photo by Roschetzky, istockphoto) The Douglas County Republican Party condemns the state’s red flag bill and Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who backs it, in a new resolution. House Bill 1177 would allow temporary seizure of guns from people deemed by a court to be a risk to themselves or others. Spurlock also is now the target of a possible recall, launched in February by attorney Robert Wareham of Highlands Ranch. The DougCo GOP’s executive committee met Saturday, and the Republican Spurlock attended, but the panel nonetheless voted 18-13 to pass the resolution. It says HB 1177 "would deprive citizens of due process," that the 2019 version is worse than what was introduced in 2018 (and which the executive committee also condemned), and that the measure would violate the 2nd, 4th, 5th (and other) amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As for Spurlock, "a party which refuses to hold its own accountable will never succeed in holding its opposition accountable," the resolution says. One of Spurlock’s deputies, Zack Parrish, 29, was killed Jan. 1, 2018, in an ambush in Highlands Ranch as he tried to help a man having a mental breakdown. But the county GOP says Spurlock, in supporting the bill, is violating the U.S. Constitution, and Democratic lawmakers cite his support "as an excuse to pass gun confiscation legislation." The resolution expresses "profound disappointment and disgust with Sheriff Tony Spurlock …" Spurlock was re-elected in November, running […]

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