Bill on guns and mental health stalls in Colorado capitol

FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, sheriff’s deputies remove a spotlight used to help investigators processing evidence at an apartment where Matthew Riehl allegedly fatally shot Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish and wounded several others in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. Colorado Republican lawmakers this week defeated a bill making it easier to ask a court to order someone considered a danger to themselves or others to temporarily surrender firearms, despite backing from law enforcement motivated by the fatal shooting of a young deputy by a man with a history of mental health issues. (Colleen Slevin, File/Associated Press)

DENVER — Colorado Republican lawmakers have defeated a bill allowing a court to order someone considered dangerous to temporarily turn in any firearms, despite backing from law enforcement motivated by the fatal shooting of a young sheriff’s deputy.

Striking support from prominent Republican district attorneys and sheriffs couldn’t push the bill to the floor of Colorado’s GOP-controlled Senate this week.

The bill would have let law enforcement and family members ask a court to issue a temporary order, with scheduled hearings to extend or end that order.

Supporters say the process would protect law-abiding gun owners’ rights. Opponents, though, claimed that it would discourage people from seeking mental health treatment.

Three states have passed similar legislation after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February.

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