COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two months after Gov. Jared Polis signed the state’s “red flag” gun bill into law, another Colorado community has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city. Five members on the Commerce City Council voted for the resolution Tuesday night, two voted against and two abstained from the vote.

More than half of Colorado’s counties have adopted similar language which refuses to enforce the law that takes effect in January 2020, but most of those counties are in rural parts of the state that are Republican strongholds. Commerce City is the first city in the Denver metro area to adopt Second Amendment sanctuary status.

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Commerce City is a blue collar community that is purple politically. Democrats hold state House and Senate seats while city council leans Republican. And CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd reports that’s created a rub.

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“I fought for my country and I think people have the right to protect themselves and the citizens,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rick Teter. “You know, the way this world’s going, you’d better know what you’re doing, you’d better know how to protect yourself, because you never know when it’s going to change.”

He admits the resolution is a statement not a statute. Still, it’s exploded in debate on social media.

Teter says the city will enforce the law which allows judges to confiscate the guns of people deemed a dangerous to themselves or others. He wants to send a message to lawmakers.

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“Let’s back up, let’s address mental health and the funding first and try to get these people the help they need. You can take mental health person and you do a statement where you’re going to rush his house or whatever, you may force that person to take the wrong action.”

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, a Democrat who represents Commerce City, says the legislature did address mental health — putting tens of millions of dollars more toward treatment and suicide prevention — but he says gun control is also part of the solution.

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“What we have heard overwhelmingly in all of these shooting situations, whether they be at schools or out in the public, is that people are like ‘Get weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.’ That’s what extreme risk protect orders are,” Moreno said. “I don’t think we overstepped at all. I think we are trying to keep our communities safe.”

Fourteen other states have red flag laws. Opponents in Connecticut and Indiana sued, saying the laws were unconstitutional, and lost.

Comments (14)
  1. Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    *Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths.

  2. Ricardo Phynque says:

    I wouldn’t want to be seen on TV with that Haircut……..only a Liberal would love!!!!

  3. Horace C. Lank says:

    If these sycophants (with or without atrocious hairstyles) really cared AT ALL for public safety they would enforce laws that are already in place. All they care about is limiting everyone’s freedom (except theirs’, of course), and raising taxes for such things as “free” health “care”, “free” daycare, gender confusion advocacy, illegal immigrant rights and, of all things, cigarette smoking cessation (go ahead and smoke all the pot you can find, though, that’s fine) . I know, I live in CO (native).
    Freedom is so valuable that we must ration it: Josef Stalin

  4. Rich McKeever says:

    The second amendment was meant to protect from government bureaucrats and would be tyrrants just like those democrats in Colorado.
    The Founders had just finished getting rid of an overbearing, tyrranical government who moved on Lexington and Concord with the aim to disarm the colonists. This is why the second amendment protects the right to keep and bear weapons which would be effective should such an event be called for again.
    The way the democratsare acting these days, who knows what they will try next.

  5. Orange Mango says:

    We Will NOT Comply .

  6. Mike Stein says:

    State Sen. Moreno- what should we do when the Cartels start to take over large swaths of the United States as they have in Mexico? Fly the Mexican flag above our schools and cheer for the Mexican national soccer team? Will the sicarios then leave us alone and not shoot or decapitate us?

    On second thought- let’s remain Patriotic Americans and follow the second amendment and keep our guns at the ready. Thanks but no thanks Mr. Moreno. An invasion is underway. To take guns away from the law abiding citizens now is akin to treason.

  7. James Harvey says:

    Just refuse to enforce it and publicly execute any judge that dares to comment. Problem solved really.

  8. What would the majority vote if asked to ban Dominick Moreno’s haircut?

    1. mikejavick says:

      We Will NOT Comply. RET US ARMY in SW PA.

  9. Greta Jones says:

    What idiots!

  10. Peter Stephens says:

    “An unarmed man is an enslaved man!” “A disarmed man, is a conquered man!’ “I shall not be enslaved or conquered!” Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  11. Chris M says:

    I can be trusted with my right to bear arms. Statistically speaking, it is blue voters in “blue” areas who are the least trustworthy of this right. If you want to stop gun crimes, first take guns from the hands of criminals, felons, repeat violent offenders,thieves, gangs and illegal immigrants. Then, you won’t have to worry about removing access to guns from everyone else.

  12. Anybody with that haircut doesn’t need a gun.

  13. Carter Gwynn says:

    Freedom breaking out in Commerce City.

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