Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed controversial “red flag” gun control legislation into law, a main priority for the Democratic majority in this year’s legislative session.
“A strong majority of gun owners, non gun owners, Republicans, Independents, and Democrats agree: Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws save lives and are consistent with our 2nd amendment rights,” Polis said in a Facebook post Friday. “While we still need to do more to help those in a mental health crisis access the help they urgently need, this bill provides a highly targeted tool to judges, families, and law enforcement to reduce gun violence, prevent suicide, and protect families and first responders.”
No Republicans voted in favor of House Bill 1177 and half of the state’s counties have come out in opposition to the legislation.
The bill, which takes effect immediately, allows for family members or law enforcement to request that a judge issue a temporary extreme risk protection order (ERPO) if a person is thought to be a threat. Once ordered, the person’s firearms could be temporarily seized for up to a year.
Critics say the bill does not protect due process rights, since individuals would have to prove they’re not a risk in order to receive their firearms back.
The bill didn’t receive full Democratic support in either chamber. Democratic Reps. Bri Buentello, D-La Junta, and Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, voted against the legislation, as did Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo.
Democrats faced recall efforts even before the bill was passed.
Pro-gun group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has pledged to recall legislators who supported the legislation, saying it’s a “gun confiscation scheme.”
The General Assembly gave its final approval to the bill last Monday.