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Colorado: House Judiciary Passes “Red Flag” Expansion & Bill to Bankrupt Firearm Industry

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Colorado: House Judiciary Passes “Red Flag” Expansion & Bill to Bankrupt Firearm Industry

Last night, after a ten hour hearing, the House Judiciary Committee voted to pass two anti-gun bills, to further expand Colorado’s “red flag” gun confiscation scheme and to allow anti-gun zealots to bankrupt the firearms industry with frivolous lawsuits. They are now likely to come up on the House floor imminently, for further consideration. Please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bills 23-168 and 23-170.


Senate Bill 23-168 holds gun industry members liable for third-party criminal acts, by “knowingly or recklessly creating, maintaining, or contributing to a public nuisance.” It is possible a gun sold lawfully could later fall into a criminal’s hands, whether through theft, secondary transfer, or some other circumstance wholly beyond a manufacturer’s or dealer’s control. If industry members are potentially liable for every such occasion, it will make it impossible for businesses to exist in Colorado.

Senate Bill 23-170 expands Colorado’s “red flag” gun confiscation scheme by allowing the designation of additional individuals as “qualified” to accuse people of potentially acting out in dangerous and unlawful ways in the future, and for authorities to confiscate their firearms to prevent these supposed actions from happening. Second Amendment rights are taken away based on mere speculation and hearsay evidence, without going through due process of law. “Red Flag” orders, or Emergency Risk Protection Orders, are designed to empower the government to confiscate Americans’ firearms without due process of law.

Again, please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bills 23-168 and 23-170.


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