With Colorado red-flag bill on deck, some county commissioners move to protect gun rights with ‘sanctuary’

With Colorado red-flag bill on deck, some county commissioners move to protect gun rights with ‘sanctuary’

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Greeley Tribune The 2019-20 Board of Weld County Commissioners. From bottom left: Scott James, District 2; Barbara Kirkmeyer, District 3; Sean Conway, at-large. Top left: Steve Moreno, at-large; Mike Freeman, District 1. In the face of likely passage of a so-called red flag bill introduced by Democrats that would require residents to turn over firearms in certain cases, Republican Colorado lawmakers are calling on Republican Weld County commissioners to ignore the law should it pass. In conservative Weld County, the word “sanctuary” has gotten a bad rap, but House Republicans Lori Saine, R-Firestone; Steve Humphrey, R-Greeley; and Perry Buck, R-Windsor; are encouraging Weld commissioners to declare Weld a “2 nd Amendment Sanctuary County.” The three lawmakers have sent the request on official Colorado House of Representatives letterhead. “As Representatives of the Colorado House, we want to offer our emphatic support for Weld County becoming a 2 nd Amendment Sanctuary County,” the letter reads in part. The move comes in response to House Bill 19-1177, the extreme risk protection order bill that would allow law enforcement or others to seek the removal of firearms from individuals deemed to be at risk of harming themselves or others. That bill passed second reading in the House this past week, but still must officially pass out of the House before going to the Colorado Senate. Under the current bill, a judge could require a person to go without firearms for up to 364 days, or longer should the petitioner establish clear and convincing […]

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