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Inside Colorado’s Epic Battle Over a Popular Gun Safety Law

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When ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was tackled, detained, and hospitalized late last month after his wife alleged he was violent and trying to hurt himself, Fort Lauderdale police confiscated 10 firearms from his home. Candice Parscale later said that her husband “was not violent towards me that day or any day prior”, but police began a legal process to try to keep those guns away from Pascale for a longer time under Florida’s “red flag” law, enacted after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Red flag laws like Florida’s (sometimes called Extreme Risk Protection Orders or Gun Violence Restraining Orders) give authorities varying abilities to temporarily seize guns from someone deemed to be an immediate threat to themselves or others, as reported by immediate family members (or in some states, others). Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted such laws, according to a count by The Trace, with many more proposed—but not without fierce opposition from gun rights groups, county supervisors, and local sheriff’s departments.

One such battleground is Colorado, which became the 17th state to enact a red flag law earlier this year, after voters elected Democratic majorities to both houses of the state legislature. The law has been used 73 times in its first seven months, but opposition has been swift: In the........

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