Since the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, new gun control laws have been making their way through state legislatures across the country. In Colorado, two new bills have been introduced that would make it much more difficult for people with mental health issues to obtain a gun. This article will provide an overview of these new bills and explain what they would do if passed.
The new gun control laws in Colorado:
The first bill, HB 18-1436, would require background checks for all gun sales in Colorado. Currently, only licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks when selling a gun. This bill would close the “gun show loophole” that allows unlicensed sellers to sell guns without a background check.
The second bill, HB 18-1312, would create a new Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) in Colorado. This order would allow family members or law enforcement to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. The person subject to the ERPO would have an opportunity to contest the order in court.
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