A bill that would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from people deemed dangerous has passed in the Colorado House, and now awaits a Senate vote.
The Democrat-sponsored legislation, also known as the "red-flag bill," would give household members and law enforcement officers the ability to petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order. That same day, or the following day, the court would hold a hearing to determine whether a person should have firearms taken away because they pose a danger to the owner or others (see "Deadly web," Feb. 20).
Fourteen other states have enacted similar laws, and 19 more are considering such bills this year, according to Colorado Ceasefire, a statewide advocacy organization.
Last year, a similar bill passed the Colorado House but failed in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democratic control of the Senate this year greatly improves the bill's chances.