Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia said Tuesday that he won't support the controversial bill that would allow courts to temporarily remove firearms from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others. Democrats cannot lose any other Democratic votes or the measure will fail.
Gov. Jared Polis is unfazed by recall efforts underway, but says the groups, upset over several bills, shouldn't be surprised. “This is exactly what I said I would do during the campaign.”
Another vote approving the bill is needed before it is sent back to the House, which has already approved it, to consider Senate amendments.
Polis has only been in office for two months and two groups want to recall him over gun control, oil and gas regulation and the national popular vote compact.
The killing of a Douglas County deputy over a year ago helped spark the push for a law to temporarily remove guns from people judged to be a risk to themselves or others. But on Tuesday, county commissioners said if such a policy is enacted, they won't enforce it.
Montezuma, Custer, Otero and Fremont counties have also passed similar resolutions.
Montezuma, Custer and Fremont counties have passed resolutions to support their sheriffs not enforcing a state "red flag" gun control bill if it becomes law. Weld County may soon join them.
Giffords became an advocate for stricter gun laws after she was shot 8 years ago at a political event in Tucson.
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Sullivan lost his son, Alex, in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. This November, Sullivan was elected to the state House.