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Commerce City becomes first Denver-area city to pass resolution against 'red flag' bill

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 18:35:14-04

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The City Council of Commerce City voted Monday to pass a resolution and become a Second Amendment sanctuary city.

The members passed the resolution late Monday evening to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city in the wake of Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signing the controversial "red flag" bill into law in mid-April. The bill — called the Deputy Zackari Parrish III Violence Protection Act — would allow a judge to order a person's firearms be confiscated if they are deemed a risk to themselves or others. It will officially go into law on Jan. 1, 2020.

Jeff Hall, who attended the Commerce City meeting Monday, said he believes this action has a similar meaning to sanctuary cities in regard to immigration. He said they are using the same tactic to say it's an unconstitutional law that they're not going to follow.

Several people who attended the city council meeting spoke out on both sides of the controversial issues.

Two councilmembers who abstained from voting for the resolution said they don’t believe this topic should be handled at the city level since it is out of their control.

In the end, five council members voted to pass the resolution, two voted against and two abstained.