Shortly after news of the shot fired at Cleveland High School spread Thursday, the House Speaker scheduled a news conference to discuss the gun legislation that was passed Wednesday night.
House Bill 83 would allow the courts to order people to give up their guns after they show a person poses an immediate danger to themselves or others. However, Republicans were quick to criticize the timing.
“The bills introduced were introduced long before the event took place this morning, as was pointed out. We don’t know the motive. We do know a student should never have a gun in school and there should be no exceptions to that, so we do know that [during] part of the process there was a breakdown there in some way,” Speaker of the House Brian Egolf said.
“The bills don’t know the specifics of this situation and I think it’s premature. I would really hate to see what’s going on to be used in some way as a political tool, to try and reinforce a position that we know our sheriffs across the state, they just don’t agree with,” House Minority Whip Rod Montoya said.
The Senate must still approve the bill. There are several other gun bills still making their way through the legislature. Meanwhile, Quay County has led the charge to declare itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County,” saying the bills being approved are unconstitutional and unenforceable.