Colo. domestic-violence gun law is often ignored
Author: 9Wants to Know, 9News - May 14, 2018 - Updated: May 14, 2018
A five-year-old law that aimed to keep guns away from alleged domestic violence abusers is frequently ignored or unenforced, a 9Wants to Know investigation has found.
In 2013, Colorado lawmakers passed a bill that aimed to protect victims of domestic violence by ordering alleged abusers to relinquish guns and ammunition while under a protection order.
“I’ve been disappointed, frankly, that we haven’t seen a more aggressive enforcement,” said Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, who as a state representative was one of the law’s co-sponsors. “It’s really not acceptable. It’s part of our law, and we ought to be enforcing it.”
On March 4, 2013, former state Sen. Evie Hudak – one of the bill’s main sponsors – testified before members of the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee.
“This bill addresses the lethal combination of guns and domestic violence,” Hudak said during testimony. “If we don’t do it, we will continue to leave women and children in risk of severe harm or even death.”
9Wants to Know found people ordered to give up their weapons frequently fail or refuse to file proof of relinquishment to the court with little follow up.
This 9Wants to Know investigation, “Protection DisOrder,” will air Tuesday and Wednesday on 9News at 10 p.m.