There has been a lot of talk this week about passing “red flag laws” to help prevent the sort of shootings that occurred in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. And some reports have suggested Colorado’s new red flag law could be a model for other states.
Not so fast. Maybe Colorado is just stuck in the Old West, but more than half its counties have declared they are “Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties” and their sheriffs will not enforce the law because, they say, it’s unconstitutional. In addition, some cities have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuary Municipalities. So the opposition continues. (As far back as 2013, if not before, Colorado sheriffs were refusing to enforce state gun laws.)
Passing red flag laws is easy. Enforcing them and making them work is a totally different can of worms. I wouldn’t be surprised to see lawmakers pass a few such laws just to pacify their voters … before once again turning their backs on the gun problem.