Little appetite for new gun laws at state Capitol after deputy ambush

DENVER -- After the killing of Douglas County sheriff's deputy Zackari Parrish on Sunday as well as the shooting of others, including four other deputies, some gun control activists are calling for new state laws.

“We don’t have any tools in Colorado for the police to disarm the individual,” said Eileen McCarron, president of Colorado Ceasefire, a gun control advocacy group.

McCarron is arguing for the Gun Violence Restraining Order, which would allow family members and police to ban gun ownership from individuals for up to a year.

Any request for a ban would have to be signed off by a judge. California, Washington, Oregon and Connecticut have signed similar measures into law.

The gunman had an apparent history of mental illness, including a psychotic episode with the Wyoming VA in 2014 as well as concerns from the University of Wyoming.

“If it had been invoked then they could have disarmed him of his current firearms,” McCarron said.

But multiple sources said there is little appetite for new gun control laws at the state Capitol -- at least right now.

Lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene for their annual session next week in Denver.

“We can’t be afraid to have the conversation,” said Democratic Rep. Jonathan Singer, who supports the measure.

However, Singer acknowledges 2018 will be a tough year for controversial gun control measures to be passed because it's an election year.

“We all got to be highly skeptical of hot political year,” Singer said.

Colorado House Republican Leader Patrick Neville said his caucus would not be interested in the Gun Violence Restraining Order.

The Colorado State Shooting Association seconded that belief.

“We oppose this law," it said. "This tragedy is another example of why thousands of gun laws passed in the last several decades don’t work.”