Colorado county sheriff says he’ll refuse to enforce proposed ‘red flag’ gun law

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A sheriff in Colorado says he would refuse to enforce a proposed state law that would permit family members, roommates or law enforcement to ask a court take away firearms from a person deemed a potential danger to themselves or others.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams told CNN that he would rather go to jail than enforce the “red flag” bill, which is still making its way through the state legislature.

{mosads}”It’s a matter of doing what’s right,” he said.
The bill was approved last week by the state Senate and is headed to the House, where a different version of the bill was previously passed. The House will consider amendments made by the Senate, according to Colorado radio station KUNC.
Reams told CNN that he’s concerned taking weapons from a dangerous person could provoke them.
“Going in and taking their guns and leaving the scene, I can’t see how that makes them less of a risk. It just takes one tool away,” he said.
Colorado state Rep. Alec Garnett (D), a sponsor of the bill, told CNN that he isn’t going to “lose sleep” over Reams’s opposition.
“What I’m going to lose sleep over is, if that’s the choice that they make and someone loses their life, someone in crisis goes on a shooting spree, (or) someone commits suicide” because a firearm wasn’t taken away, said Garnett.
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