Club Q Shooting Prompts Potential for ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban in Colorado By: Dante Graves


Colorado Democrats are pushing to overhaul the state’s gun laws with an “assault weapons” ban and some changes to their red flag law, among other tweaks, in the wake of the Club Q shooting.

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State Senate President Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) is pursuing these proposals, the Colorado Sun reports.

“Pretty much everything is on the table,” Sen. Fenberg told the publication.  “The question now is: What seems like a priority?”

Democrats return to the Colorado Capitol in January with majorities in both the House and Senate. There is mounting public pressure to act on a legislative level after the mass shooting at Club Q where five people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded on Nov. 19.

The attack was allegedly carried out by a 22-year-old shooter with a semi-automatic rifle.

Adam Shore, who helps run the lobbying arm of the nonprofit Colorado Ceasefire, says that while mental health is a concern that needs to be addressed, so do “assault weapons.”

“[Colorado needs] to get to the root of what is driving these individuals to kill others, while simultaneously reducing the mayhem by ensuring that these weapons of war are confined to where they truly belong — the battlefield,” said Shore.

Aside from prohibitions on modern sporting rifles, Colorado is weighing the options of tightening the state’s red flag laws — which temporarily disarm people who are accused, not convicted, of being a threat to the public or themselves.

Fenberg went on to say that he supports the proposed overhaul and is prepared to broker those changes with Republicans.

However, he acknowledged to the Colorado Sun the difficulty that comes with banning so-called “assault weapons.” As first lawmakers have to define precisely what they are and then decide whether they’re going to confiscate those “assault weapons” already in circulation.

“I’ve always said that I support an assault weapons ban. I don’t think in this day and age it makes sense that people can purchase weapons of war. It’s something (where) we have to make sure the policy is right. I think there’s still ongoing conversations about what the policy would be,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the gun divide, Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, issued a stern warning to Colorado’s pro-gun control politicians.

“Gun prohibitionist Democrats in Colorado are aiming to be sued,” said Gottlieb in an email to GunsAmerica. “The Second Amendment Foundation will accommodate them.”

As always, stay tuned for updates.

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