December 1, 2022

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A Colorado sheriff’s office has never initiated a red flag gun seizure

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The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has never used Colorado’s 2019 red flag law to ask a judge to temporarily order the seizure of firearms from a person deemed a significant risk to themselves or others. 

That includes last year, when it arrested the accused Club Q shooter on felony menacing and kidnapping charges in a case that was later dropped.

Sgt. Jason Garrett, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told The Colorado Sun on Wednesday that the agency has never initiated an extreme risk protection order — or ERPO — which is the first step in making a seizure happen. Garrett didn’t answer a question about why the office has not used the law.

The sheriff’s office’s decision to not use the law is drawing intense scrutiny and questions over…

Jesse Paul and John Ingold

2022-11-24 04:04:00

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