Second Amendment experts dissect ‘red flag’ gun control bills

Second Amendment experts dissect ‘red flag’ gun control bills

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The Democrat-controlled Colorado Legislature sent a "red flag" bill Monday, April 1, 2019, to the governor that calls for taking firearms from people who police say pose a threat to themselves or others. Gov. Jared Polis, also a Democrat, has pledged to sign the measure that would place the state among 13 others that have passed such legislation. AP File Photo | Brennan Linsley Second Amendment legal experts say Colorado’s new “red flag” gun control legislation doesn’t properly protect due process rights and is ripe fpr abuse. The experts gathered for a panel discussion last week hosted by the Colorado-based Mountain States Legal Foundation, a conservative public interest law firm. It featured David Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute and a law professor at University of Denver, and Alexandra Garza, state director for the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action, covering Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a “red flag” gun control bill into law in April. The law allows a judge to issue a temporary extreme risk protection order (ERPO) for an individual’s firearms if family members or law enforcement believe the individual is a threat to themselves or others. The legislation was widely opposed by Republicans and groups like the Independence Institute and the NRA. Over half the state’s counties also passed measures declaring “Second Amendment sanctuaries” in response to the legislation. The new law has spurned a lawsuit and mounting recall efforts against at least one Democratic lawmaker who supported the bill. Fifteen […]

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