Two New Colorado Gun Bills Signed Into Law
Earlier this week on Monday, April 19th, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed two new gun bills into law.
One of the laws, HB21-1106, requires gun owners to securely lock up their firearms when not in use so that they are unattainable to anyone besides the gun owner. Failure to do so can carry a fine of up to $1000 and/or a year in jail.
The other law put into place by Governor Polis, SB 21-078, requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to authorities within five days of their disappearance. Failure to comply to this new law can result in a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis had this to say about the new 'common sense' laws:
It’s the right thing we do for the people we care about. Many Coloradans already report lost or stolen guns. Now they have to. In many cases, this opportunity to save a life is just a phone call away.
The bills were both shut down by Colorado Republicans, but the Democrats in the state senate outnumber republicans enough that both of the proposed bills were passed and signed into law by Jared Polis.
Although these bills were in the works prior to the tragic shooting in Boulder earlier this year, Senator Chris Hansen has been on record saying that both of these new laws will aid in preventing another tragedy like the aforementioned one:
The tragedy in Boulder just heightened the focus on needing to improve gun safety in the state. It’s not to say that either of these bills are a solution to what happened in Boulder, but they do contribute to improving the culture of safety around guns in Colorado.
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