Bill on guns and mental health stalls in Colorado

Kathleen Foody and James Anderson
Associated Press

Denver – Colorado Republican lawmakers have defeated a bill allowing a court to order someone considered dangerous to temporarily turn in any firearms, despite backing from law enforcement motivated by the fatal shooting of a young sheriff’s deputy.

Striking support from prominent Republican district attorneys and sheriffs couldn’t push the bill to the floor of Colorado’s GOP-controlled Senate this week.

The bill would have let law enforcement and family members ask a court to issue a temporary order, with scheduled hearings to extend or end that order.

Supporters say the process would protect law-abiding gun owners’ rights. Opponents, though, claimed that it would discourage people from seeking mental health treatment.

Three states have passed similar legislation after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February.