Fountain town hall dominated by discussion of Red Flag law


The city of Fountain hosted a town hall meeting Saturday with State Rep. Lois Landgraf and State Sen. Dennis Hisey to discuss a series of topics, but attendees ended chatting mostly about the Red Flag law.

“People are fearful that at 2 a.m. the Fountain Police Department is going to kick down their doors and take their guns,” Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer said. “I get it, and I don’t want to do that.”

The bill was passed and signed by Gov. Jared Polis Friday. The new law will allow a judge to temporarily take away someone’s firearms if they are deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

“A lot of the people look at it like, if you use this standard and take my guns, what else can you take from my home?” Heberer said. 

Hisey said he wanted to host this meeting so he could hear what the community of Fountain thinks about the bill. 

“My biggest worry with the Red Flag bill is it’s the nose under the camel’s tent,” Hisey said. “If we can get this, then what can we get in two to three years because now we have established that it’s ok to come into your house and take your personal property.”

A representative from the National Rifle Association spoke at the meeting and told the group who attended that she was “so sorry this bill passed.” 

Supporters of the bill agree with Polis, saying the bill would help prevent suicides and mass shootings. 

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