The League of Women Voters and Grand Valley Interfaith network will be co-sponsoring a free talk, “Understanding Colorado’s Red Flag Law,” on Monday, May 22, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 536 Ouray Ave. The featured speaker will be Tom Mauser of Colorado Ceasefire, whose son, Daniel Mauser, was murdered in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.
Colorado Ceasefire is a Colorado grassroots gun violence prevention organization made up of parents, teachers, students, community members, gun violence survivors and more who have been working for nearly twenty years to prevent and reduce gun violence in Colorado through education, outreach and legislative advocacy.
Colorado’s Red Flag Law, allows for the issuance of Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), which are civil court orders issued by a judge that temporarily prohibit a person in crisis from possessing or purchasing firearms. ERPOs provide certain individuals with a formal legal process through which they can have an individual’s firearms temporarily removed and reduce any further access to firearms if the person poses a danger to themselves or others. Colorado’ Red Flag law went into effect on January 1, 2020. The prime sponsor of theLaw was State Senator Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was among the twelve theater-goers massacred in the Aurora Theater mass shooting on July 20, 2021. Alex was at the theater celebrating his 27th birthday with friends.