Governor expected to sign gun bill, despite statewide opposition

Governor expected to sign gun bill, despite statewide opposition

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Steamboat Pilot Handguns are displayed at Elk River Guns in Steamboat. Hundreds of county residents have a concealed weapon permit – and registration for training is growing. (File photo/Matt Stensland) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Democratic-controlled Colorado Legislature sent a “red flag” gun bill to the governor’s desk Monday, despite widespread protests from counties and law enforcement officials across the state, including Routt and Moffat counties. Gov. Jared Polis has already pledged his support for the bill, which passed along party lines from the House of Representatives this week. The bill allows family members, roommates or law enforcement to petition a court to take away someone’s guns for up to 14 days if a judge decides the person poses a risk to themselves or others. Democratic lawmakers and supporters of the bill see it as a way to address the state’s growing suicide rate. Colorado lost 1,175 people to suicide in 2017, according to the Colorado Health Institute, which is the highest rate in state history. Guns were involved in more than half of those suicides. Opponents, including sheriffs from Routt and Moffat counties, argue the bill encroaches on Constitutional rights, namely the Second Amendment and due process. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams went so far as to say he would rather go to jail than enforce the bill. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins has not been as extreme in his opposition to the bill, but he echoed the concerns of many who feel that an extreme risk protection order […]

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