Colorado State Senate Passes Lifesaving Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 18-to-17 to pass HB19-1177, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, a bill sponsored by Senators Lois Court (D-Denver) and Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) that will save lives by allowing family members and law enforcement to request a court order to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is deemed a danger to themselves or to others. The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for consideration of amendments.

“After years of working to pass similar legislation, I am proud that the Senate has finally voted to advance a commonsense gun safety bill that will ultimately save the lives of Coloradans and law enforcement officers,” said Senator Court. “Thoughts and prayers don’t save lives, but extreme risk protection orders will, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”

“This bill is supported by an overwhelming majority of Coloradans, and outside of this building, it is not controversial,” said Senator Pettersen. “We passed this bill and did what is right for our law enforcement, domestic violence survivors, our kids who just want to feel safe when they go to school, and the countless family members who have lost someone to unnecessary gun violence.”

HB19-1177 is named in honor of Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish III who was killed on duty in 2017 by an individual whose mental health concerns were well-known to others around him. This legislation would give law enforcement and family members the opportunity to seek a temporary order for someone who appears at risk of dangerous behavior.

To successfully block firearm access, a petitioner would have to demonstrate a preponderance of evidence that the individual poses a significant threat to themselves or others by possessing a firearm. After a petition is filed, a court would place a temporary order for up to two weeks until a hearing determines whether a full protection order is appropriate. A full protection order could then be approved for up to 364 days.

In addition to hours of debate in committee and on the Senate floor, this bill also went through an extensive stakeholder process with feedback from law enforcement, mental health and gun violence prevention advocates, and legislators. It passed the Colorado House of Representatives on third reading 38-to-25. If passed and signed into law, Colorado would be the 15th state to enact ERPO legislation.

For more information on HB19-1177, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1177.

ABOUT SEN COURT:
Senator Lois Court was elected to the State Senate in 2016, and was elected Caucus Chair by her peers that same year. In the State House, where she served House District 6 from 2008 to 2016, Lois earned a reputation as a leader who puts partisanship aside to do what’s best for Colorado. She serves as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, and as a member of Legislative Council.
ABOUT SEN. PETTERSEN:
Senator Brittany Pettersen was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2018, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of both the Health and Human Services and the Transportation Committees. In 2012, Brittany was first elected to serve District 28 in the Colorado House of Representatives, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and as a member of the Public Health & Human Services Committee. During that time, she also served as House majority whip.

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