Attorney General Phil Weiser applauds Gunnison County Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the state’s extreme risk protection order law
May 12, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.)— Attorney General Phil Weiser today released the following statement applauding the Gunnison County Court’s recent ruling upholding the constitutionality of the extreme risk protection order law in the Gunnison Police Department v. Vallejo case:
“I applaud this decision out of Gunnison County upholding the constitutionality of Colorado’s extreme risk protection order law, continuing the record of courts that have consistently upheld the constitutionality of ‘red flag’ laws. These laws align with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, where the court made clear that reasonable restrictions on categories of persons, including those struggling with mental illness or felons, are permissible under the Second Amendment.
“As Attorney General, I will continue to defend the constitutionality of Colorado’s extreme risk protection order law, which comports with due process and the Second Amendment as well as gives law enforcement a valuable tool to use in a targeted way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and to save lives.”
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a friend of the court brief in the case.
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