Bill a step for safety
All of Highlands Ranch was shocked by the slaying of Deputy Zackari Parrish. Now our Legislature is considering a legal tool that could have prevented Parrish’s murder, by temporarily suspending firearms access to dangerous individuals. It is quite disconcerting that DA George Brauchler and former state Rep. Cole Wist are now opposed to the Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill. Ex parte hearings are important in order to protect the safety of petitioners and are commonly used in domestic violence and child protection cases. The emergency ERPO can last only 14 days, before the gun owner can make his case and the petitioner must show by clear and convincing evidence that the threat continues. This gives the gun owner sufficient time to resolve issues and address concerns of the court. Furthermore, an early termination of an ERPO should only be at demonstration of a return to responsible behaviors on the part of the appealing party.
This bill brings peace of mind and safety to parts of the state where high suicide and domestic violence rates are a heart-breaking problem, such as they are in Douglas County.
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