Garfield County commissioners have joined officials in other counties waving a caution flag over the "red-flag" gun bill that has cleared the state Legislature and is awaiting the expected signature of Gov. Jared Polis.
The commissioners on Monday approved a resolution voicing constitutional concerns about the measure, which would let judges impose extreme risk protection orders against gun owners deemed a threat to themselves or others because of mental illness issues.
The commissioners and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario oppose the measure because of Second Amendment concerns.
Vallario isn't refusing to enforce the bill if it becomes law, though, and Garfield County isn't declaring Garfield a sanctuary county where it wouldn't be enforced, as some counties have.
But Vallario would like to see the measure legally challenged if it becomes law, and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said he'd like to have the county look closely at the possibility of joining any legal challenge.
Delta and Mesa counties also have come out in opposition to the legislation, without declaring themselves sanctuary counties, and Delta County Sheriff Mark Taylor and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis have voiced concern about it.
So have others including Lauren Boebert, who owns Shooters Grill in Rifle, where waitstaff famously serve up meals while wearing holstered sidearms.
Speaking to Garfield commissioners when they first discussed possibly opposing the bill last week, Boebert called it "very dangerous," saying it fails to provide for due process for those who could have their guns taken from them.
"Our Second Amendment rights shall not be infringed, period," she told commissioners.
"You guys are a last defense on this," Edward Wilks, who owns the Tradesmen gun store in Rifle and also provides firearms training, told commissioners in asking them to oppose the legislation.
Jankovsky acknowledged ongoing concerns surrounding "frightening incidents" that have occurred, such as school shootings.
"How do they get resolved, I don't know. But this (bill) is not the answer, I do know that," he said.
Commissioner Mike Samson said safeguarding Second Amendment rights is vital to protecting First Amendment rights when it comes things such as speech, religion and the press.
He also said the bill might not affect him, but added, "Today they come to take away the guns of my neighbor. When will they come to take away my guns?"
Supporters of the bill say it would save lives.
A family member or law enforcement official would have to present clear and present evidence in order for a judge to be able to order removal of weapons, without the gun owner necessarily being present in court. A full hearing would have to follow within two weeks.
Fourteen states already have such a measure in place, supporters say.