Trustees vote unanimously to make Monument a 'Second Amendment Preservation Town': Police Chief Jacob Shirk says Colorado red flag gun bill will be difficult to enforce

Trustees vote unanimously to make Monument a ‘Second Amendment Preservation Town’: Police Chief Jacob Shirk says Colorado red flag gun bill will be difficult to enforce

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At last week’s regular meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to proclaim Monument as a “Second Amendment Preservation Town.” This decision was in direct response to a controversial bill to prevent gun violence, which some argue would strip Coloradans of their constitutional right to own firearms. Police Chief Jacob Shirk spoke against the red flag bill that would require law enforcement to seize firearms from people who are deemed hazardous to either themselves or others. Not every seizure is as simple as knocking on a door, Shirk explained. Tactical support, such as a SWAT team, may be required when taking firearms from those who are considered armed and dangerous. In those situations, he said, extreme caution is needed to keep police officers safe. “If it reaches the level of full tactical support, then I don’t have the resources to do that,” he told The Tribune. “I don’t have a tactical team anymore. I would have to call another agency to assist. And it’s up to them to choose whether to assist or not.” Shirk said this lack of tactical support in his department could prevent him from carrying out the judge’s order to seize the firearms. While he said he wouldn’t willingly violate a judge’s court orders, he said the law is in direct conflict with people’s Second Amendment rights. If accused gun owners cannot convince the court that they are not a threat, their firearms could be confiscated for as long as 364 days. Monument Police Department […]

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