By Anica Padilla

(CBS4) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to help protect domestic violence survivors by keeping firearms out of the hands of their abuser. House Bill 21-1255 passed its second hearing on Wednesday.

It’s sponsored by Representatives Monica Duran and Matt Gray.

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The bill strengthens and streamlines procedures for the relinquishing of firearms by someone who has a domestic-violence protection order issued against them. Current law already requires domestic violence offenders to forfeit their firearms — and refrain from possessing or purchasing any for the duration of the order. The new bill clarifies the way in which defendants must comply with this requirement.

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Investigators say the mass shooting at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on May 9 was a domestic violence-related event. The suspected gunman, Teodoro Macias, 28, killed six people with a semi-automatic handgun before taking his own life.

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The scene of an overnight shooting in the Canterbury Mobile Home Park on May 9, 2021 in Colorado Springs. (credit: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

A recent analysis of mass shootings found that over the past six years, about 60% were either domestic violence attacks or committed by men with histories of domestic violence.

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In Colorado, 60 incidents of domestic violence led to 70 deaths in 2019 — that’s a 62% increase from the previous year.

Anica Padilla