(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.READ MORE: 3 Dead In Olde Town Arvada Shooting, Including 1 Arvada Police Officer, Suspect
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.READ MORE: 'We're Alive': Couple Aboard Hot Air Balloon That Crash Landed Recounts Frightening Ride
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.
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.MORE NEWS: Fire Near Sylvan Lake State Park Grows To Over 1,400 Acres Monday
In Colorado, 60 incidents of domestic violence led to 70 deaths in 2019 — that’s a 62% increase from the previous year.