Two of Democrats’ gun-control bills head to Gov. Polis’ desk, and a third’s not far behind

Two of Democrats’ gun-control bills head to Gov. Polis’ desk, and a third’s not far behind

BRIEF From left: Rep. Lindsey Daugherty, D-Arvada; Sens. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, Julie Gonzales, D-Denver, and Sonya Jaquez Lewis, D-Boulder County; and Reps. Alex Valdez, D-Denver, and Tracey Bernett, D-Boulder County, are pictured at a news conference on gun legislation April 29, 2021, at the state Capitol. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline) Colorado Senate lawmakers on Tuesday passed two gun-control bills along party lines, meaning they’ll soon head to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk for his signature. A third gun bill passed by the Senate on Friday awaits one last vote in the House, where lawmakers must approve the Senate’s amendments before the legislation goes to the governor. The two bills that passed in the Senate without changes include: • House Bill 21-1255, which aims to ensure domestic violence suspects surrender their firearms when a judge grants a protection order against them. Sponsored by Democratic Reps. Monica Duran of Denver and Matt Gray of Broomfield, along with Sens. Sonya Jaquez Lewis of Boulder County and Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, the bill would expand and clarify requirements that already exist in state law around relinquishing guns. “We must do everything in our power to protect victims by ensuring that perpetrators remain unarmed,” Jaquez Lewis said in a statement following HB-1255’s passage. • House Bill 21-1299 — sponsored by Reps. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, and Jennifer Bacon, D-Denver, along with Sens. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Chris Hansen, D-Denver — which would create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention . The office would conduct research and […]

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