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The Latest: Colorado Senate advances “red flag” gun bill

March 23, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado Senate debate on a “red flag” gun bill (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

Colorado’s Senate has advanced a bill that would allow firearms to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk.

The late Friday vote followed hours of debate on the Second Amendment and due process rights of gun owners.

Another vote by the Democrat-led Senate is required before it can be returned to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

The legislation would allow family or law enforcement to seek a court order to have guns seized if they believe the owner is a threat. If approved, a subsequent court hearing would be held to determine whether to extend the seizure, up to 364 days.

The bill also would require anyone whose guns are seized to prove that he or she no longer poses a risk in order to get them back.

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2:15 p.m.

Colorado’s Senate is debating the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and due process as it considers a bill that would allow firearms to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk.

The Democrat-led Senate engaged Friday in spirited debate on the bill, which has already passed the House.

Two Senate votes approving the bill are needed before it is sent back to the House to consider Senate amendments.

Colorado’s legislation would allow family or law enforcement to seek a court order to have guns seized if they believe the owner is a threat. If approved, a subsequent court hearing would be held to determine whether to extend the seizure, up to 364 days.

The bill also would require anyone whose guns are seized to prove that he or she no longer poses a risk in order to get them back.