Representative Sullivan discussed the need for HB 19-1177. Committee members received letters in support of the bill from the Colorado Attorney General (Attachment B) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Attachment C). The following persons testified regarding HB 19-1177:
Ms. Jane Daugherty, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Daugherty recounted the loss of her sister in a school shooting, and discussed the need to address gun violence through legislation.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock, representing Douglas County, testified in support of the bill. Sheriff Spurlock discussed the need for the legislation, and the stakeholder process in crafting the bill.
Sheriff Joe Pelle, representing Boulder County, testified in support of the bill. Sheriff Pelle discussed the benefits of restricting firearms for those who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Discussion ensued regarding the process by which an extreme risk protection order is obtained under HB 19-1177, and due process requirements under the bill. Discussion followed regarding acquisition of a search warrant to effectuate an extreme risk protection order under the bill.