Mass Shootings Gun Access

In this Jan. 19, 2016, file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Federal law has no mechanism to seize firearms from people who are prohibited to buy or own one. Most states let police seize a firearm when they encounter such people, but few states have a procedure to actively retrieve and remove firearms from those people.

Some Democratic state legislators are pushing for further gun control measures in the upcoming legislative session, even in the face of historical recalls following such legislation.

The Denver Post reports that Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, has expressed support for policies including safe storage requirements for firearms vendors and for homeowners.

“I’ve made it clear to my colleagues that I will be standing up for this, and that I’m welcoming their participation as well. Many of them are joining me in starting to put together bill titles, in wanting to be involved,” Sullivan told The Post.

House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, added that a proposal to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms may also have enough public support to pass.

Sullivan, whose son was murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, was the subject of a failed recall attempt earlier this year. Sullivan’s bill establishing extreme risk protection orders to allow a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person’s home will take effect in January 2020. 

Colorado last experienced successful legislative recalls in 2013, after the General Assembly passed a package of gun control measures, including a ban on “high-capacity” magazines. Democratic Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron lost their recall elections, and Sen. Evie Hudak resigned in the face of an attempted recall.

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