Democrats who run both the Colorado House and the Senate have passed both bills this month without republican support in either chamber.
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.”
This story has been updated with another reaction.