Democrats, who control both the Colorado House and the Senate, passed both bills this month without Republican support in either chamber.
Republicans unsuccessfully tried to amend the bills to limit their scope and create exceptions in certain cases, such as for victims of assault who are unable to immediately report missing firearms.
Isabelle Daigle, a spokeswoman for Colorado’s state House Republicans, said the measures “attack Coloradans’ core Second Amendment rights.”
“These bills do not serve a common-sense purpose to provide solutions to actual problems. Instead, they are just a step on a slippery slope of trying to pursue a gun control agenda rather than looking for the root causes of the issue,” she said. “We presented solutions and amendments to the legislation that would have reigned in control, but Democrats refused to at every turn.”
In the wake of the Boulder shooting, Democrats began discussing additional legislative proposals they believe will prevent gun violence, including mental health measures that Republicans are pushing for rather than more restrictive gun measures.
In a statement, Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke, a Republican, slammed Democrats as “focused on fiddling with the fringe instead of sitting down with stakeholders and addressing the real issue: mental health.”
In regard to HB 1106, Cooke said, “If somebody breaks into your house and you need to rapidly respond, you are at a severe disadvantage if your firearm is locked with a government-approved device or in a safe.”
Another top state Republican senator argued that the lost or stolen firearms law “punishes the victim.”
“If your home is burglarized and you happen to have a gun stolen from you, now you can be re-victimized by your government if you are stressed by the intrusion and you fail to report that specific item to the police,” Senate Minority Whip Paul Lundeen said in a statement, adding that police won’t be able to “stop a gun crime by simply knowing the serial number of a stolen firearm.”
This story has been updated with the leadership roles of state Sens. John Cooke and Paul Lundeen.