Colorado’s gay governor signs gun control bills in wake of Club Q shooting

Earlier this month, Colorado governor Jared Polis (D) signed a trans refuge bill into law, and on Friday, he signed further legislation to safeguard the state’s LGBTQ+ community. After the November 19 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which left five dead and at least 25 injured, Polis, the first and only openly gay man elected governor of a U.S. state, signed four gun control bills on Friday.

Colorado is already one of the ten safest states, but today we are taking some significant actions to help make Colorado one of the ten safest states and building upon the ongoing effort to make Colorado communities safer,” Polis said in a statement after signing the legislation into law. This bill would enhance public safety and prevent gun violence, and I was delighted to sign into law last year a comprehensive public safety plan of action that will put Colorado on track to become one of the ten safest states in the nation. I appreciate the sponsors bringing this sensible measure to my attention.

A new minimum age for purchasing firearms is one piece of legislation that Polis signed into law. The minimum age to buy a firearm has been raised to 21 from 18, effective immediately. Among other restrictions, the new legislation would require a waiting time of three days between the purchase of a firearm and its legal possession in a private residence.