Proposed "red flag" bill in Colorado aims to take guns away from people who are deemed a threat

Proposed “red flag” bill in Colorado aims to take guns away from people who are deemed a threat

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(CNN) — Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams disagrees so much with a gun bill making its way through the Colorado legislature that he’s willing to go to jail rather than enforce it. "It’s a matter of doing what’s right," he said. He’s not the only one who feels so strongly. The controversial "red flag" bill aims to seize guns temporarily from people who are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. Colorado’s state Senate passed the bill Thursday by a single vote, without any Republican support, and the bill is expected to pass the House, possibly this week. With Democratic majorities in both chambers, state Republicans have too few votes to stand in the way. But more than half of Colorado’s 64 counties officially oppose the bill. Many have even declared themselves Second Amendment "sanctuary" counties in protest. Failure to enforce a court order to seize a person’s guns could mean sheriffs being found in contempt. A judge could fine them indefinitely, or even send them to jail to force them to comply. In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 21, 2108, handguns for sale are lined up in a display case at Frontier Justice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Reams says it’s a sacrifice he’d be forced to make. What is the bill? Colorado’s "extreme risk protection order" bill would allow a family member, a roommate, or law enforcement to petition a judge to take someone’s firearms if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or […]

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