Garfield County clarifies resolution on red flag gun bill

Garfield County clarifies resolution on red flag gun bill

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Staff report Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky Chelsea Self / Post Independent A resolution signed by the Garfield County commissioners Monday does not make the county a “sanctuary” in response to the state’s “red flag” gun legislation, but does declare it as a “Second Amendment Preservation County.” Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution in response to the likely signing of the red flag bill into law by Gov. Jared Polis. The legislation, known as HB 19-1177, recently passed by the Democrat-controlled Colorado House of Representatives. If signed into law, it would create the ability for a family, household member or law enforcement officer to petition the court to remove firearms from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. The commissioners and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario opposed the bill. They say the provisions allowing the removal of guns by judge’s order could be misused and infringe on the right to bear arms provided under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution also serves as a basis for Garfield County to join other counties in filing a future legal challenge, according to a press release issued by the county on Tuesday. “There are clear grounds on this document to set up an injunction or a lawsuit against this statute that the governor may sign,” Vallario said before the county commissioners on Monday. “That’s our legal process.” According to the release, the resolution also affirms the commissioners’ support of the sheriff’s enforcement decisions. It notes that the […]

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