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The Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after a Denver District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging how Colorado’s extreme risk law was enacted:
“Once again, courts are dismissing desperate efforts by gun safety opponents to repeal our extreme risk law — a law that helps save lives and prevent gun violence in our state,” said Abbey Winter, volunteer with the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Lawmakers should focus on passing additional common-sense bills, like a secure storage requirement, rather than trying to repeal a law that keeps our state, communities, and families safer every day.”
Colorado’s extreme risk law, also known as a red flag law, allows a family member or a law enforcement officer to seek an extreme risk protection order to temporarily prevent a person’s access to guns if there is evidence that they pose a risk of harm to self or others. The law went into effect Jan.1. Extreme risk laws have been enacted in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and these laws have been repeatedly upheld as constitutional.
More information about this type of legislation is available here. Statistics about gun violence in Colorado are available here, and information on how Colorado’s gun laws compare to other states’ overall is available here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs