Sheriff Elder sticks to his guns on red flag law 


A spokesperson provided the following statement from Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski when the Indy asked about his stance on the red flag law:

"The Colorado Springs Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of our community by providing the best in public safety services. As is our current practice, the department will continue to carry out and enforce the laws enacted by our local Council and State Legislators."

click to enlarge Sheriff Bill Elder opposes the red flag law. - EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Sheriff Bill Elder opposes the red flag law.
Asked whether El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder — a vocal opponent of Colorado’s red flag law — had changed his stance at all in the past few months, a spokesperson for his office responded with a firm “no.” Elder’s statement from April still stands, spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby said.

Here’s what Elder said in April: “There is a mental health crisis in this country, in this state and our communities. The Red Flag Bill does nothing to address the underlying mental health of an individual, it only violates in my opinion, the right of a citizen to possess firearms. As I previously stated, I am exploring all available legal options and am committed to vigorously challenging the constitutionality of this law.”

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners also passed a resolution in March opposing the red flag bill, before it was signed into law. They said the bill lacked due process for gun owners, and argued that the state should instead focus on mental health treatment.

Commissioners also vowed not to “initiate unconstitutional seizures,” and pledged to take legal action to challenge the law, if enacted. Their resolution noted that Elder had issued 45,500 concealed carry permits, more than any sheriff in the state.

The Independent also reached out to the Colorado Springs Police Department to ask about Police Chief Vince Niski’s thoughts on the red flag law. We will update this story if and when we get a response.

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