RMGO Desperately Works To Kill “Red Flag” Bill

Denver7’s Blair Miller reports–despite bipartisan support for legislation to temporarily remove firearms from persons in a mental health crisis while preserving due process rights, Colorado’s gun lobby led by no-compromise gun rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) is working overtime to lock down Republicans against the bill. As a result, the final vote in the House has been pushed back to Friday:

The bill, introduced Monday, would allow family members or law enforcement to ask a judge for a temporary extreme risk protection order that would allow officers to take firearms and ammunition away from people deemed to be in the midst of a mental health crisis.

The temporary order would stay in place for seven days, during which the person can petition to have their weapons returned…

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and some Republicans have said the proposal is more of a gun bill and less of a mental health bill, as the bill’s proponents and state sheriffs and police organizations have said – in support of the measure.

The final recorded House vote on Friday will be a good indicator of how successful GOP backers of House Bill 18-1436 have been at winning over their own. Politically, this bill sets up a major predicament for Republicans, who have paid much lip service to the need to “focus on mental health” as a response to mass shootings in lieu of measures outlawing specific guns or gun components. Now, with just such an opportunity before them, we’ll see if Republicans really mean what they say about “focusing on mental health”–or if it’s just another deflection from politicians with no authentic desire to address gun violence.

We know that’s where RMGO stands. Now let’s find out if RMGO still owns the GOP caucus. If the right thing gets done here, we’ll be first in line to praise the Republicans responsible for making it happen.

Pleasantly surprise us for a change.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    One indicator … George Brauchler's campaign page has NOTHING about this

    https://www.george2018.com/news/

    I'm unsure if that means his campaign page is intentionally avoiding mention of his support for bipartisan gun control OR he doesn't have a campaign staff that includes wants to be thorough in listing news about him OR something else is going on. Any opinions?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      It would have been much more interesting if this bill had been introduced immediately before the GOP state assembly…..  

      wink

    • spaceman65 says:

      It's Brauchler.  It's completely intentional.  He'll talk about it at events when it helps him, and bury it when he doesn't.  He's a power-hungry dishonest kakistocrat to the core

       

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        He talks about it when it helps him, and buries it when it doesn't….

        So he tries to have it both ways? Both Ways George? Doesn't have the same ring as Both Ways Bob.

  2. mamajama55 says:

    So since RMGO wasn't successful killing Red Flag in the legislature, they're going to sue to overturn it in Denver District Court. Oh joy.

    This press conference already happened May 2, 2019.

    Dudley Brown's national organization, National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), is behind this lawsuit against Colorado's law.

    Decide Colorado , which is spreading RMGO's message online, is a business doing social media outreach.  

     

    Update: Forgot about this diary:
    https://www.coloradopols.com/diary/120916/republicans-prove-insincerity-on-mental-health-and-gun-safety

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