Greetings Republicans:

I am writing this not as the Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, but as a proud Coloradan and combat Marine. After serving two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, I felt called to defend the Constitution fighting for freedom stateside, defending Colorado against tyrannical politicians who would usurp our fundamental rights.  Too often, party leaders will not call out elected officials. I am not that kind of milquetoast party chair.

HB18-1436 it is a direct assault on every veteran and freedom loving Coloradan. This bill allows a family member, law enforcement officer, roommate, or a disgruntled spouse to file an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

Say, for example, a disgruntled spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend is intent on doing you harm. All they have to do is lie to the courts and say that you are a danger to yourself or others. The courts will then issue a temporary ERPO and the police may then file for a warrant to search your home and take your firearms. Through this initial process, you would have no redress and would not be made aware that the ERPO until it is finalized. This would then leave you defenseless.

Additionally, if the firearms are left in storage with law enforcement or dealer for more than one year from the initial seizure, the firearms will be disposed of by the party that is storing them.  So, if your “temporary” seizure is extended more than 182 days and is more than one year you lose your firearms permanently.

While this bill is paved with good intentions, so is the road to hell.  

If this bill is passed, literally any person close to someone can accuse another person of being “dangerous” and have that person’s constitutional rights removed. There is no due process. This is unacceptable. It is a slippery slope that will only end in the usurpation of many of our freedoms, the freedoms that myself and my fellow veterans risked our lives to protect and defend.

I ask that our legislators consider the harm HB18-1436 to our law-abiding citizens, particularly, our veterans. Please call your legislator today and ask them to preserve freedom and vote NO on HB18-1436.

God Bless and Semper Fi,

Joshua Hosler