Top Colorado Senate Democrat silent on his position on red-flag bill

Top Colorado Senate Democrat silent on his position on red-flag bill

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Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia delivers his remarks on the opening day of the 72nd General Assembly at the Colorado state Capitol on Jan. 04, 2019. A bill aimed at removing guns from people who pose an extreme risk to themselves or others is set for its first hearing Friday in the Colorado Senate. With Democrats holding a slim 19-16 majority there, the question isn’t whether they can win Republican support for the bill but rather whether it will have the support of their own leader, Senate President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo on the bill. Called the “red flag,” or extreme risk protection order , bill, it would let law enforcement, a family member or a household member petition a judge for the removal of a person’s firearms for up to one year. Garcia, a Marine with a mixed voting record on gun control bills, won’t say where he stands on it. RELATED: What Colorado can learn from “red flag” gun laws in other states as lawmakers debate passing their own version He turned down an interview request from The Denver Post, referring the paper to a noncommittal public statement he released soon after House Bill 1177 was introduced: “I recognize this conversation is difficult, but it is one we need to have and an issue we need to address. We must protect the most vulnerable while respecting law-abiding citizens. “I look forward to continued conversation with Majority Leader (Alec) Garnett and Coloradans to ensure that we find the […]

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