Showdown heightens as Colorado joins nationwide rally for ‘red-flag’ gun law

Showdown heightens as Colorado joins nationwide rally for ‘red-flag’ gun law

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Check out Time & Money Hide caption Reporter @RoperPeter HB 1177 gets first Senate hearing Friday; more sheriffs pledge nonenforcement The political thunderstorm that has gathered around House Bill 1177, which gets its first Senate hearing this Friday, had to be expected. After Democrats swept into Colorado’s top offices last November and became the majority in the House and Senate, energized supporters like Moms Demand Action and others have been demanding more restrictions on guns as the nation has suffered through mass shootings. The so-called “red-flag” bill allows police and family members to get a court order to temporarily confiscate a person’s guns if a judge agrees they pose a “significant” threat to themselves or others. Currently only police in Colorado have that authority if they believe someone is having mental problems and needs a 72-hour evaluation. A warrant is obtained and guns are confiscated. The person in question is then detained for treatment. There often isn’t any advance warning. It can be a doorstep decision made by the officers answering a call. HB 1177 is named after Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Zackari Parrish, who was shot to death in December 2017 by an Army veteran having emotional problems. Parrish was reportedly trying to detain Matthew Riehl for a 72-hour “hold” when Riehl killed him with an AR-15, wounding four other officers as well. Parrish’s killing was so shocking to law enforcement that the County Sheriffs of Colorado endorsed a similar “red-flag” bill in 2018. But the association is […]

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