Gun Safety

Gun Safety

In the almost twenty years since Columbine, Coloradans have gone from asking, “How could this happen?” to “When will this happen again?” When I speak with high schoolers and other young people, their number one concern1 is gun safety and protection from the threat of another tragedy.

Coloradans have a right to gun ownership, but just like any right, we can develop reasonable protections2 that keep weapons away from those who pose a threat to society while continuing to allow responsible citizens to own and use guns for hunting, sporting, and self-defense. Supporters of the second amendment will likely already be up-to-date on all the details regarding concealed carry colorado laws and know that guns must be concealed. But, some prospective gun owners may have some questions regarding the application process and what counts as “concealed”. Too often we hear stories of gun owners with conceal-carry permits but carrying their pistol inside baggy pockets instead of secure and hidden holsters. It is important to be sensible about owning firearms and display proper gun safety at all times. From keeping it safe, storing it, cleaning it, and using it. There is a lot to know when it comes to being a responsible owner of a gun that people should not take lightly, and they should always be prepared to learn more about taking care of their guns.

A fundamental responsibility of our Attorney General is to keep Coloradans safe. That means we need our Attorney General to defend, enforce, and build on our existing gun safety rules.

My opponent has opposed Colorado’s gun safety measures and wants to roll back common-sense laws like background checks and magazine limits. He will support the NRA’s opposition to banning bump stocks and has tuned out the calls of Moms Demand Action and Colorado Ceasefire, organizations I am proud to stand with.

As your Attorney General, I will:
  • Support a “red flag law”3 that allows concerned family members and peers to report troubling behavior to law enforcement, preventing those who pose a threat to themselves and others from buying and keeping firearms;
  • Ensure that background checks continue to be a mandatory part of gun ownership, keeping guns out of the hands of possible felons and those with domestic violence charges;
  • Counsel the legislature to develop a law that bans bump stocks, like the kind that was used in the Las Vegas shooting last year, and raise the minimum age of purchase to 21;
  • Work with gun owners to improve our policies on weapon storage. Often, tragedies occur when someone other than the gun owner has access to a firearm. Over half of yearly gun deaths in Colorado are suicides; and
  • Support Safe to Tell, a program in the Attorney General’s office that allows for the reporting of threats to children and enables the effective investigation of them.
As your Attorney General, I will:
  • Support a “red flag law”3 that allows concerned family members and peers to report troubling behavior to law enforcement, preventing those who pose a threat to themselves and others from buying and keeping firearms;
  • Ensure that background checks continue to be a mandatory part of gun ownership, keeping guns out of the hands of possible felons and those with domestic violence charges;
  • Counsel the legislature to develop a law that bans bump stocks, like the kind that was used in the Las Vegas shooting last year, and raise the minimum age of purchase to 21;
  • Work with gun owners to improve our policies on gun storage. Often, tragedies occur when someone other than the gun owner has access to a firearm. Over half of yearly gun deaths in Colorado are suicides; and
  • Support Safe to Tell, a program in the Attorney General’s office that allows for the reporting of threats to children and enables the effective investigation of them.

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