Government Politics

Colorado Dems Unveil Proposal to Block Gun Purchases by Residents Under 21

The Grind:

Colorado Democrats announced a new bill Tuesday that will block anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing any form of firearm, according to The Denver Post.

The proposed legislation would ban the purchase and possession of any firearm, including long guns and handguns, for adults who are younger than 21, saying they hope the legislation will help stop gun violence in the state, according to the Denver Post.

The Details:

The proposed legislation, announced by the bill’s sponsors Tuesday during an interview with the Denver Post, will likely be submitted as a Senate bill this week.

The bill will have exceptions in place to protect hunters, military members and sports shooters, while also including provisions for supervised possession, according to the Denver Post.

“We know that there’s a disproportionately high rate of violence perpetrated by young people using firearms,” Democratic Colorado state Sen. Jessie Danielson told the Denver Post.

Danielson, and other democratic sponsors of the bill, cited a 61% increase in suicides between 2011 and 2020 in the 18 to 20 year old demographic as a key reason for the bill, according to the Denver Post. The sponsors also referenced how the 18 to 20 year old demographic is 4% of the population but is responsible for 17% of homicide offenses.

The lawmakers referenced gun violence data from The Giffords Law Center, a gun control advocacy group, according to the Denver Post. Read more…

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