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Reaction to ‘red flag’ gun law

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 21:46:04-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Mel “the Dragon Man” Bernstein has been selling firearms for 40 years, and he’s had to make changes to abide by the law. For example, starting in 2013, he had to start inserting a rivet to limit rounds in gun magazines from 30 to 15. It was in response to a high-capacity magazine ban.

But he says finding loopholes is as easy as drilling the holes to fit the rivet in.

“They take the rivet out,” he said. “Now there’s no dates on here so he could say he bought this three years ago before the law.”

Bernstein thinks the flaws are even more obvious when it comes to the ‘red flag’ law, also known as the “Extreme Risk Protection Order.”

“They have the authority to come into your house if someone reports you that you shouldn’t have a firearm and take everything away without having a court hearing.”

Though, UCCS student Lona Oerther says reporting someone doesn’t have to come from a bad place.

“Yeah, it kinda sucks to have something away. But maybe, it’s a ‘hey, there’s a lot of people here that care for you,'” Oerther explained. “And this is a first step to let you know that maybe you need some help.”

Oerther feels the need for more gun control now than in years past.

“I have three kids and they’ve all had to be trained in their classrooms what to do for an active shooter and that’s not something I ever expected my kids to have to go through,” she said.

But the Dragon Man thinks there should be alternatives.

“Put them in a mental facility, not take everybody’s weapons away,” he said.

For more information on the ‘red gun’ law, click here.