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Originally Posted by isntzen View Post
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'Red flag' gun laws have caused backlash
Many counties in Colorado refuse to enforce law

GREELEY, Colo. - In the wake of recent mass shootings, President Donald Trump has called for "red flag" laws, which would temporarily prevent individuals in crisis from accessing firearms through a court order.

That has some wondering whether Congress could enact national red flag legislation in a rare instance of Democrats and Republicans coming together to pass a gun law.

But in Colorado, the state's passage of a red flag law has sparked a backlash.

The state's red flag law won't take effect until next year, but opponents have already filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn it. A number of the state's counties have declared themselves Second Amendment "sanctuaries" in an effort to fight back and some sheriffs, including Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams, have said they would rather go to jail than enforce the law.

Reams believes Colorado's red flag law is unconstitutional and is afraid of what will happen when it takes effect.

"My biggest fear for the law is violating someone's constitutional rights and the potential for placing my deputies in a situation for an encounter with an armed individual," Reams told CNN.

The law allows family, household members and law enforcement to petition for a court order to temporarily take guns away from an individual deemed to be at significant risk of hurting themselves or others by having a firearm.

The sheriff believes the law infringes on the constitutional right to due process and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

"Once you fail to stand up for people's constitutional rights, then what's next?" Reams said.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have adopted red flag laws, otherwise known as extreme risk protection orders. In some, like in Florida after the Parkland high school shooting, the measures have been signed into law by Republican governors.

As lawmakers face pressure to take action, legislation to incentivize states to enact red flag laws has won support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve red flag legislation on Tuesday as part of a series of measures to address gun violence. The legislation would still need to be voted on by the full House to advance and it is unclear what gun control legislation if any the GOP-controlled Senate would take up.

A national model or cautionary tale

Colorado is either a national model for red flag legislation or a cautionary tale, depending on whom you talk to.

Supporters argue that the law is a common sense way to make the state safer and proves it is possible to pass stronger gun laws in a purple state, not just in parts of the country that are deep blue.

"If you can do it in Colorado, you can do it in all 50 states," said former state senator Mike Johnston, a Democrat who recently dropped out of the Colorado Democratic primary for US Senate. "The Colorado model should be what we do at the federal level to get reasonable gun safety for the whole country."

Opponents say it violates constitutional rights and will have dangerous consequences, and they argue that the backlash shows just how forcefully a national red flag law would be opposed.

"We're seeing a very significant pushback in the state and I think you'd see that nationally too," said Patrick Neville, the Republican minority leader of Colorado's House of Representatives and a survivor of the Columbine shooting, adding that he believes "it would be a huge mistake" to pass a national red flag law.
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