"This is a moment of progress," said Alec Garnett, Majority Leader of Colorado House, one of the four sponsors of the legislation. "Today we have done something that was difficult and will save lives."
Known as the "Extreme Risk Protection Order," the law will allow a family member, roommate or law enforcement agency to temporarily request a judge seize a person's firearms if they are for themselves or for others as a risk. 14 other states have passed similar legislation.
However, the law is now facing major hurdles, and a lobby of the pro-gun lobby promises to challenge it in court. In addition, a growing number of sheriffs in the state have vowed to ignore the law when it comes into force next year, declaring it unconstitutional.
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"How many judges will send all sheriffs in Colorado who oppose that to jail?" Teller County Sheriff wondered Jason Mikesell, who is one of the sheriffs willing to go to prison instead of execution.
Garnett said he was not worried about sheriffs being imprisoned.
"What I'm going to lose now is if this is the choice they make, and someone who loses his life, someone goes to a shooting opportunity in the crisis, (or) commits suicide," because a gun not true. "He was taken away," he said.