Dozens of Colorado residents had their firearms seized in the first year of the state’s so-called red flag program, which allows law enforcement to confiscate the guns of people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
A total of 111 red flag or extreme risk protection orders were filed in 2020, and 66 people had their guns taken from their homes, KUSA reported.
Colorado’s red flag law stipulates that family members, roommates, law enforcement officers and legal guardians can petition a court to have someone’s firearms seized by authorities.
A hearing is supposed to be held within two weeks of the temporary order to determine if it will be extended to a year.
Bryce Shelby, a self-identified Black Panther Party member, had his firearms removed in one high-profile case after he allegedly made threats against public officials including Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.
The Denver man, who frequented Black Lives Matter protests throughout the state, reportedly said he planned to gun down Weiser and wouldn’t worry about “getting blood on his hands,” according to KUSA.
Shelby’s firearms, an AR-15 and an SKS rifle, were confiscated without issue, and the 28-year-old has not faced criminal charges related to the alleged threats.
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