Colorado governor Jared Polis will enact it two months after Boulder’s shooting

Both measures were introduced before a mass shooting in a grocery store on March 22, but the tragedy has increased public pressure and urgency to legislate, lawmakers said.

Democrats who run both the Colorado House and the Senate have passed both bills this month without republican support in either chamber.

Senate Bill No. 78, which was named Isabella Joy Thallas Act in honor of a 21-year-old woman shot and killed in Denver last summer, requires the gun owner to report her lost or stolen firearm or be fined within five days. Thallas was shot in June 2020 with a stolen weapon that was never reported, CNN subsidiary KCNC reports.
“While this legislation cannot, of course, bring back any of our Colorado comrades who are no longer with us, we know that it can not only prevent future loss of life, but can be part of the Thallas family’s recovery, and so many more people are affected by armed violence by stolen weapons.” Polis said in his remarks on Monday before signing the bills.
Bill 1106 obliges gun owners to store their firearms “responsibly and safely” if they are not used to prevent minors and other unauthorized users from accessing them. It is also necessary for a licensed arms dealer to provide a locking device for each sale or transfer of firearms.
“This bill means fewer families will lose children due to gun-related accidents and suicides, thanks to the fact that every family can afford a $ 8 trigger or cable lock. It’s a simple, effective and evidence-based solution to keep our children safe.” State Senator Jeff Bridges, a supporter of the bill, made a statement last week after the Colorado Senate approved the bill.

Republicans have tried unsuccessfully to amend the bills to limit their scope and, in some cases, create exceptions, such as for victims of the attack who are unable to report missing firearms immediately.

Isabelle Daigle, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Republican State House, said the measures “attack Colorado’s fundamental rights of change.”

“These bills are not common sense to provide a solution to the real problems. Instead, they are just a step on a slip when trying to pursue an arms control agenda, not looking for the root causes of the problem.” said. “We have presented solutions and amendments to the legislation that would have prevailed in governance, but the Democrats have rejected it at every step.”

In the wake of the Boulder shooting, Democrats have begun debating further bills that they believe will prevent gun violence, including mental health measures that Republicans are pushing for rather than more restrictive gun measures.

In a statement, Republican Senator John Cooke said Democrats “focused on marginal strain, rather than sitting down with stakeholders and addressing the real issue: mental health.”

Regarding HB 1106, Cooke said: “If someone breaks into his house and has to react quickly, he is severely disadvantaged if his firearm is locked with a government-approved device or in a safe.”

Another Republican senator argued that the lost or stolen firearms law “punishes the victim.”

“If your home is under burglary and you accidentally steal a gun from you, you can now fall victim to your government again if the intrusion is under stress and you don’t report that item to the police,” Senator Paul said. In a statement, Lundeen said police could not “stop a gun crime if they simply know the serial number of the stolen firearm.”

The U.S. has struggled with a series of shocking mass shootings recently, including the Boulder shooting and the March 16 shooting in three Atlanta-area baths. Eight people were killed at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday, at least half a dozen more were massacred by the end of the weekend, and at least one person was killed Tuesday at a grocery store in Long Island, New York.

This story has been updated with another reaction.