Colorado Democrats reintroduce “red flag” gun bill

February 15, 2019 GMT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats have introduced a bill to permit the seizure of guns from persons deemed to pose a threat by a judge.

The “red flag” bill would allow family or law enforcement to seek a court order to have guns seized if they believe the owner poses a threat to himself or others.

If approved, a subsequent court hearing would be held to determine whether to extend the seizure, up to a maximum of 364 days.

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Unlike an unsuccessful bill last year, this year’s version would leave it up to the person whose guns were seized to prove they no longer pose a risk.

Opponents object to that condition. Supporters say it will save lives.

Bill sponsors include first-term Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was killed on his 27th birthday in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.