There is a reason that almost 50 Colorado sheriffs are suing the state for gun control laws passed last year, and this is a prime example. A Colorado woman had her gun taken away from her and then had to wait 2 months before finally getting it back.
Sara Warren was on her way to do a bid for her job when she was involved in a car accident. The paramedic on the scene gave her purse and gun to a security official at the hospital, but because of new laws in Colorado involving the transfer of a firearm, Warren was not able to get her Ruger SR9 back.
According to Fox31 Denver,
Fort Collins police interviewed Warren and took her gun pending a toxicology report. On April 15, her firearm was authorized for release. Since then, she’s been waiting. “I have missed out on work,” she said. “I’ve been calling the police station every now and then, asking if they’ve figured out a way to give it back to me.”
Fort Collins Police issued this statement: “Fort Collins Police Services has instituted temporary measures and is working to find a permanent solution in order to comply with the law.”
That law now requires a background check by a licensed gun dealer for any firearm transfer. Fort Collins Police plans to do Warren’s transfer on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. That is two months after her weapon was first seized.
“This law was passed last July. They should have had this figured out by now,” Warren said.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said this is why he and more than four dozen other Colorado Sheriffs are suing the state over the 2013 gun control laws. “What happened to Sara is exactly the danger in the way this thing is written,” he said.
But, Sheriff Smith says Larimer County hasn’t had this problem returning property because they’re going directly through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. “They told us, send the information to us and we will conduct the NICS check.”
As for why it took Fort Collins police so long to return Warren’s gun to her, the department wouldn’t say, only that it was advised by the Fort Collins City Attorney on how to enforce this new law. The City Attorney said its advice is confidential.
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