Colorado Firearms Storage Act: Charges Against Minors Bringing Firearms to School

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DENVER (KDVR) – The shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan once again made headlines over gun laws.

A move by the Oakland County prosecutor handling the case said she wanted her state already in effect here in Colorado. The Safe Firearms Storage Act came into effect in July, but the state is already seeing some violations, including two just last week.

State Representative Kyle Mullica co-sponsored the Colorado Safe Firearms Storage Act.
It requires gun dealers to provide a gun lock and lays a Class 2 misdemeanor charge for adults who leave their guns unsecured around minors.

“At the end of the day, we just want to make sure the kids are safe and that they don’t have access to guns that they shouldn’t have access to,” Mullica said. “This bill is not about punishment. It’s not about wanting to get people into trouble. It’s about trying to change behavior.

Charges under the new law have so far been filed in at least three incidents, all of which occurred in El Paso County. The first time was in October when a 35-year-old woman was convicted of breaking the law.

The second and third incidents happened last week.

Police say a student at Fountain Middle School had a gun on campus last Friday after removing his father’s gun from an unsecured area of ​​their home, his father was charged.

Colorado Springs Police charged a man on Sunday after a family member allegedly got hold of his gun and threatened students and staff at Vista Ridge High School.

Mullica said that a key goal for the future of the law is to educate homeowners about the law.

“A big chunk of the bill we focused on was education,” the Adams County Democrat said. “You know, we wanted that education to get out there. We also wanted to work with those who sell guns to make sure whoever buys guns is aware of the law here in Colorado. “

Mullica says he knows the law is still new, but he hopes district attorneys and law enforcement across the state follow and enforce the law.


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