El Paso County Sheriff says he will challenge constitutionality of the 'red flag' law

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DENVER, Colo. (KKTV/AP) Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a "red flag" gun law that permits the seizure of firearms from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.

Polis, a Democrat, signed the bill into law on Friday.

The legislation was one of the most disputed of Colorado's 2019 Democrat-controlled Legislative session.

It places the burden of proof on a gun owner to get firearms back by showing that he or she no longer poses a risk.

Opponents argue the law violates the 2nd Amendment and due process rights of gun owners.

It's Colorado's most significant gun legislation since background checks and ammunition magazine limits were enacted in 2013.

Two Democratic lawmakers were recalled and another resigned for supporting those laws.

“There is a mental health crisis in this country, in this state and our communities," El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said in a statement sent to 11 News. "The Red Flag Bill does nothing to address the underlying mental health of an individual, it only violates in my opinion, the right of a citizen to possess firearms. As I previously stated, I am exploring all available legal options and am committed to vigorously challenge the constitutionality of this law.”