Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, GOP plan suit over procedures involved in passing Colorado red flag law

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Posted at 2:20 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 18:37:31-04

DENVER (AP) — Republican lawmakers and a Colorado gun rights group are filing a lawsuit to block a "red flag" law allowing courts to order firearms taken away from people who pose a danger, arguing that House Democrats violated a section of the state constitution governing the legislative process.

Opponents of the measure announced their plans Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed the measure in April. The law places the burden of proof on a gun owner to get firearms back by showing that he or she no longer poses a risk.

The lawsuit's backers said it focuses on Democrats' refusal to read the bill's entire text during floor debate. A spokesman for House Democrats did not immediately respond to a message.

The measure is Colorado's most significant gun legislation since 2013.