Colorado Gun Seizure Bill Signed into Law
By Chris Eger
The new law would allow law enforcement or a family member to request a same-day firearm seizure order over the phone that would last for up to a year. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A controversial gun seizure bill that is opposed by a number of Colorado sheriffs was signed into law last week.
On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis (D) added his signature to HB 1177, creating an extreme risk protection order system in the state which would allow courts to temporarily seize the firearms of someone thought to be a danger to themselves or others. The Democrat-controlled state legislature approved the so-called “red flag law” through largely partisan votes, passing it in the state Senate 38-25 and the House 43-20.
The new law, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020, would allow law enforcement or a family member to seek an ERPO, which would require the subject surrender their firearms either to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer for 364 days. The order could be obtained the same day it is requested over the phone and doesn’t require the subject to be present. If the order expires or is terminated– the gun owner can request a hearing to do so– all