30 Apr Gun Violence Prevention Bills Introduced
It’s been just over a month since ten lives were stolen from our community. These lives were stolen while at King Soopers – the very grocery store where my family and I do our shopping. These lives were stolen while they were working at their job, maybe helping a customer bag their groceries. Others may have been grabbing that last item to make a family dinner. These were small business owners, a police officer, mothers, fathers, and grandparents to-be.
We have lost too many loved ones to gun violence. It’s time to honor them with action.
That’s why we just introduced a package of gun violence prevention bills in response to the Boulder King Soopers shooting and our country’s gun violence epidemic as a whole.
When my colleagues and I were discussing the most effective ways to respond in this moment, we asked ourselves what can we do as policymakers to save the most lives. Grounded in that question, three policies quickly rose to the top.
Here’s what each of the bills will do:
- SB21-256: Local Regulation Of Firearms, Senator Moreno is joining me as co-sponsor in the Senate – This bill repeals the state preemption that currently bars local governments from implementing their own firearm regulations. For example, this bill would hand the power back to the city of Boulder and allow them to reinstate their local assault weapons ban. Each community has the unique expertise to know what it takes to make them safe. And each community deserves the authority to enact laws that get them there.
- HB21-1298: Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements, sponsored by Senators Gonzales & Pettersen – This bill prohibits a person who has been convicted of specific violent misdemeanor offenses from purchasing a firearm for 5 years. It also closes the Charleston loophole – which allows an individual who may not have otherwise passed a background check to obtain a firearm if the results of that background check take longer than three days to process.
- HB21-1299: Office Of Gun Violence Prevention, sponsored by Senators Fields & Hansen – The bill establishes the Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the Department of Public Health and Environment. The Office will be responsible for conducting public education and outreach campaigns to inform Coloradans about existing gun laws, including Extreme Risk Protection Orders (i.e. Colorado’s Red Flag law). The Office will also fund proven community-based violence intervention programs focused on interrupting cycles of gun violence. Finally, the Office will research gun violence in Colorado and will create and maintain a database of their findings.
I firmly believe that each one of the bills we introduced today are incredibly effective, common-sense next steps for Colorado. I’m so proud to champion this package and I promise to do everything I can to see these bills across the finish line.