More counties join Second Amendment Sanctuary movement; recall efforts beginning to take shape

More counties join Second Amendment Sanctuary movement; recall efforts beginning to take shape

Gun Rights

DENVER — A growing number of Coloradans are pushing back against a bill critics say would take away constitutional rights. Legislators are requesting their counties become Second Amendment Sanctuary counties , and divisions of the Colorado Republican party are coming out against their own members who are in support of the measure. Opponents of Senate Bill 19-1177 , dubbed the “Red Flag” bill continue to grow. To date more than a dozen counties have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties,” or some version, and local towns and cities are starting to follow. The Red Flag bill, officially known as the “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” (ERPO) bill, would allow a wide array of people to ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from someone deemed by the judge to be an immediate risk to himself or others. The guns could then potentially be kept for up to a year and possibly cause problems on a federal level . Tony Spurlock Supporters, including perhaps the bill’s biggest Republican advocate in Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, say it will decrease suicide and homicide rates if those considered at high risk don’t have access to firearms. Those against, including perhaps the most vocal opponent in Republican Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams , say removing guns doesn’t address the mental health issues that need to be addressed, that it only removes “one tool” from their ability to inflict harm. They also argue it violates several Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, most importantly, Reams and […]

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