Native Writes: Hed: Proposed bill expensive chaos


My latest temper fit could have cost me my handgun, if I remember where I put it under a new bill being proposed in Colorado.

House Bill 19-1177, also known as the Red Flag Bill, would allow judges to issue temporary extreme risk protection orders (ERPO), leading to a search warrant and temporary seizure of firearms if a person is thought to be a threat. Family members or law enforcement would first have to petition the court for the order.

I don’t know about you, but I can see chaos in this. It’s primed for all sorts of lawsuits, abuse and other problems.

My tantrum sent the cat scurrying under the bed and I was my sole witness. What if the neighbor heard and decided to seek revenge because I had shouted when I told the kids to play more quietly?

“Yeah, the crazy lady next door is out of control. I think she’s a threat to us all…”

Actually, I have nice, quiet neighbors who are going about their own business.

My tantrum didn’t wish harm on anyone, save the water heater, which has been broken since early Sunday. I admit, I threatened to shoot it full of holes. I was at work when the plumber came and my partner answered the door, but it may need to be replaced.

Minding one’s own business seems to be a scarce commodity lately, with POPs seeking to remove items that have been on public display for decades, expunge information from books and censor just about anything else that may offend their sensibilities.

What are POPs? In my lexicon, they are perpetually offended persons who believe we all should be protected from everything offensive and the best way is to change history.

They then spend tax dollars to erase what they see as wrong. I see the Red Flag Bill as just one more effort to change life for everyone.

It’s also a “gun grab,” with no set process for returning said weapons, should the original complaint be unfounded.

The bill would require a court-appointed lawyer for the respondent and hold a hearing in the first two weeks of the temporary ERPO. The court would be able to issue a continuing ERPO that lasts up to 364 days if family members or law enforcement can demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of risk.

Clear and convincing evidence… Which family member or law enforcement officer has the expertise to provide this?

It seems to me there are other ways to address persons who appear to be a threat and the bill is cutting down a whole forest in search of a rotten tree

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