Colorado governor signs two gun measures into law nearly a month after Boulder shooting
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, signs into law a bill from the state senate to tighten gun regulations Monday, April 19, 2021, in Denver. The governor signed two bills into law to tighten gun regulations, the first new firearm restrictions enacted in Colorado since the red flag bill became law in 2019. (Jesse Aaron Paul/Colorado Sun via AP)
Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed two bills tightening gun regulations into law on Monday, nearly a month after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, left a police officer and nine others dead.
Washington (CNN)Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed two bills tightening gun regulations into law on Monday, nearly a month after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, left a police officer and nine others dead.
Both measures were introduced before the mass shooting occurred on March 22 at a grocery store, but the tragedy added to the public pressure and urgency to act on legislation, lawmakers have said.
Democrats, who control both the Colorado House and the Senate, passed both bills this month without Republican support in either chamber.
Senate Bill 78, renamed the Isabella Joy Thallas Act in honor of a 21-year-old woman shot and killed in Denver last summer, requires a gun owner to report their lost or stolen firearm within five days or be subject to fines.
"While of course this legislation can't bring any of our fellow Coloradoans back who are no longer with us, we know that this not only can prevent future loss of life, but can also be part of the healing for the Thallas family and so many others impacted by gun violence by a stolen gun," Polis said in remarks Monday before signing the bills.
House Bill 1106 mandates gun owners to "responsibly and securely" store their firearms when not in use to prevent juveniles and other unauthorized users from accessing them.
It's a simple, effective, and evidence-based solution to keep our kids safe," Democratic state Sen. Jeff Bridges, one of the bill's sponsors, said in a statement last week after the Colorado Senate's approval of the bill.
Republicans unsuccessfully tried to amend the bills to limit their scope and create exceptions in certain cases, such as for victims of assault who are unable to immediately report missing firearms.
Isabelle Daigle, a spokeswoman for Colorado's state House Republicans, said the measures "attack Coloradans' core Second Amendment rights. "
In the wake of the Boulder shooting, Democrats began discussing additional legislative proposals they believe will prevent gun violence, including mental health measures that Republicans are pushing for rather than more restrictive gun measures.