'Red Flag' gun bill closer to becoming law, passes the House

DENVER, Colo. (KKTV) - A controversial bill that would permit the seizure of guns is one step closer to becoming law.

If passed, the "Red Flag" bill in Colorado would allow a court to take guns away from someone if they're considered dangerous.

On Monday, the bill passed the House and will now go before the Senate.

The bill would allow family or law enforcement to seek a court order to have guns seized if they believe the owner poses a threat to their self or others. The seizure could extend to a maximum of 364 days.

The measure is named after Douglas County Deputy Zachary Parish, who was shot and killed by a man who was mentally unstable in 2017. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock believes the measure will help law enforcement and others.

Other sheriffs in El Paso and Teller counties are not backing the bill as is.

Bill sponsors include first-term Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was killed on his 27th birthday in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.

Fremont County took a proactive approach against enforcing the proposed legislation. County commissioners passed a resolution making Fremont County a "sanctuary" county when it comes to the bill. Click here for more on the resolution by Fremont County. Custer County passed a similar resolution.