Robinson Claims Support for Colorado’s Red-Flag Bill Was Misreported, Disputing Record

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Back in April, KNUS radio host Craig Silverman reported that GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson favored the “red flag” bill under consideration in the Colorado legislature, which would have allowed law enforcement officials to ask the courts for permission to seize guns from people who are deemed to pose a “significant risk” to themselves or others.

But Robinson is saying he actually opposed the legislation, which was killed by state senate Republicans after House Democrats, joined by two Republicans, approved the legislation in the Colorado House.

During a debate Saturday, presented by the Gazette/ColoradoPolitics/El Pomar, Robinson said:

Robinson: “We have to have the courage, we have to lead on a red-flag bill that makes sense. This last one did not. It did not have the due-process protections. But we could lead and make sure that guns are not in the hands of the mentally ill.”

Asked about the apparent inconsistency, Brett Maney, Robinson’s spokesman, told the Colorado Times Recorder via email:

“Doug’s been consistent in saying he supports Red Flag laws (something that he very clearly stated in the debate) and that he would support one with the proper due process protections in place,” said Maney. “He was disappointed that the bill was killed without any attempt to make those necessary due process changes, but without those changes, he thinks it’s better that it was killed.”

After hearing Robinson’s claim that he opposed Colorado’s red-flag bill, Silverman tweeted a photo of an email from Maney stating, “I agree with this bill and strongly urge its passage.”

Asked about Silverman’s email, Maney told me, “I assumed Craig was reaching out to get Doug on to discuss his support of the bill, so I didn’t detail his full position.”

During Saturday’s debate, Robinson also said he backs an “armed person in every school,” and he wants to “harden our schools,” citing a tool kit for greater school safety.

“We know the Democrats’ plan,” he said. “They want to take our guns away.”

By opposing Colorado’s red-flag bill, Robinson has thrown gasoline on the the fire  in the conservative underworld. The battle pits vocal GOP backers of the legislation, like Arapahoe County area district attorney George Brauchler, against KNUS hosts Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden.

Here’s a taste of the debate on the radio, which includes an appearance from former lawmaker Victor Mitchell, who supported the red-flag bill at the Capitol this year.

Here is Robinson’s full comment about school safety and the red-flag bill.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I thought LDSers didn't lie. Choose the Right!

  2. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Anything to sow chaos and division. Never change Colorado Pols.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      So are you on Doug Robinson's bandwagon now, Fluffy? I would have pegged you for a Stapleton supporter.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Nah, that wouldn’t happen. Walker Part-time Stapleton will win the primary.

        . . . but, it’s kinda’ sweet that in the just over five weeks since the Republicans buried his last honey, he’s been able to find a new, little, imaginary girlfriend.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          So it's really Walker Stapleton we Dems are terrified of? (I seem to remember his girlfriend was vilified at the GOP assembly for talking trash – I mean telling the truth – about Staple-gun.)

    • DavieDavie says:

      Hail Moldy!  The recruiter for the Borg Collective returns!  Or as I like to say, "the guy that with each post reminds me of why I'll never vote for a Republican!"

      Are you still on a commission plan, or did you wise up and renegotiate to just get a flat monthly salary to return here?  (straight commission really sucks if you never close a sale)

      • ModeratusModeratus says:

        I was on vacation. And, I'm trying to limit my exposure to liberal trash with nothing intelligent to say. But I'll be here when I need to be….

        • unnamed says:

          So, you'll be here when this community needs comic relief?  That is the only thing you're good for.

          I didn't know drowning your sorrows over the Taller Coffman getting shellacked at the state Convention for a month was considered a "vacation".

    • unnamed says:

      Cynthia Who?

  3. HakimHakim says:

    Same as all the rest. He'll say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear.

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