It’s possible to prevent gun violence while also supporting the Second Amendment.
Colorado Gun Owners for Safety unites hunters, sport shooters, and collectors who support commonsense gun laws.
We are deeply troubled by the frequency of gun-related deaths in our country. We are committed to supporting sound and reasonable regulations that serve the safety of the citizens of Colorado and remain consistent with the liberties afforded by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
We have three goals:
Reduce gun violence in Colorado
- We are committed to fighting gun violence through advocacy, public education, and policy change.
Shift the culture
- We strive to foster a culture where Coloradans are informed about what makes them safer and inspired to fight for safer communities.
Promote responsible gun ownership
- We promote firearm safety and responsibility. We hold those who seek to profit at the expense of public safety accountable, including the gun lobby and entrenched special interest groups.
We are united by common principles:
- A belief that Americans can defend their constitutional rights and support commonsense gun violence prevention laws
- Respect for the Second Amendment
- Devotion to safe and responsible gun ownership
- Compassion and empathy for the victims, survivors, and families impacted by horrific gun violence in America
We are fed up with the deadly toll of gun violence in Colorado:
- Over 55% of Colorado’s intimate partner homicides involve a gun
- Someone is killed with a gun every 13 hours in Colorado
- More than 80% of all gun deaths in Colorado are suicides, and more than half of all suicide deaths in Colorado involve firearms
- Guns are the second-leading cause of death for Colorado children ages 1–17
We support reasonable solutions at the state and federal levels:
Laws requiring the reporting of lost or stolen firearms reduce illegal gun trafficking, making it easier for law enforcement to ensure that deadly weapons do not make their way into dangerous people’s hands. From preventing straw purchases to disarming prohibited persons, reporting laws protect citizens by making sure illegal firearm transfers don’t fall through the cracks.
Extreme risk protection order laws, also known as gun violence restraining orders, lethal violence protective orders, and “red flag” laws, allow families and household members, as well as law enforcement officers, to petition a court to temporarily remove an individual’s guns if he or she poses an imminent danger to self or others.
Though more than 90% of the American public supports background checks for all gun sales, a dangerous and deadly loophole in federal gun laws still exempts unlicensed sellers from having to perform any background check whatsoever before selling a firearm. With this loophole, guns easily find their way into the hands of illegal buyers and gun traffickers, dramatically increasing the likelihood of gun murders and suicides.
For 20 years, Congress has stifled federal research into the causes and effects of gun violence. It’s time for Congress to stop doing the bidding of the gun lobby and start investing in research to understand the connection between gun violence and public health. Research into the causes of gun violence is critical to developing policies aimed at reducing this form of violence and making our communities safer. Only by understanding the causes of gun violence can we better address this public safety issue that results in the deaths of over 36,000 Americans every year.