UPDATED 1:11 PM PT – Wednesday, June 9, 2021
A series of strict gun measures in Colorado are about to be written into law. Recent reports detailed the three measures recently passed in the Centennial State, which include allowing localities to regulate firearms, expand background checks and create an “Office of Gun Violence Protection.”
The bills were passed by state Democrats and are headed to the desk of Democrat Gov. Jared Polis. The measures come in part of a Democrat push for stricter gun laws in the wake of a shooting that occurred in Boulder this past March.
One of the bills will require the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to deny approval of a firearm transfer to someone who has been convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses within the last five years. These offenses include third-degree assault, sexual assault, child abuse and hate crimes.
— Judy Amabile, Colorado Representative – HD 13 (@JudyAmabileHD13) June 8, 2021
The new measures will also shorten deadlines for reviews the bureau is required to complete. Rep. Judy Amabile (D-Colo.) argued if the bills were already in place, the Boulder shooting could have been avoided. She explained how the gunman would not have been able to make the firearm purchase in the first place due to his third-degree assault charge from 2018.
A handful of counties have voiced their opposition to the bills with some sheriffs having already announced they would not enforce laws that infringe on citizen’s rights.