A Colorado sheriff is threatening to take the ultimate stand against a statewide “gun confiscation” law.
Colorado Politics reported that the controversial “red flag” measure allowing the court-ordered seizure of guns from people deemed a threat passed the Colorado Senate on Thursday by a single vote.
Senate President Leroy Garcia was the only Democrat to vote against House Bill 1177, which passed by an 18-17 margin in a chamber where Democrats hold a slim majority. Garcia, D-Pueblo, who signaled earlier in the week that he would vote no, joined every Senate Republican in opposing the bill.
The measure now moves back to the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a larger majority.
The House previously approved an earlier version of the bill, but needs to vote again on Senate amendments before the bill can advance to Gov. Jared Polis for his signature.
Polis has said he will sign the measure.
Sheriff’s are refusing to enforce the law, and one sheriff is even threatening to go to jail over it.
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With Democratic majorities in both chambers, state Republicans have too few votes to stand in the way.
But more than half of Colorado’s 64 counties officially oppose the bill. Many have even declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuary” counties in protest.Failure to enforce a court order to seize a person’s guns could mean sheriffs being found in contempt.
A judge could fine them indefinitely, or even send them to jail to force them to comply.
Reams says it’s a sacrifice he’d be forced to make.