A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s “red flag” firearms seizure law that went into effect in January is still moving forward, and the state’s Attorney General is weighing in on the legality of the law in a new brief filed in state court late last week.
This particular lawsuit wasn’t brought by any Second Amendment organization, but rather an individual named David Gatton, who was the recipient of a Extreme Risk Protection Order back in January, in part because of threats Gatton had made several months earlier.
In texts to his adoptive father in January and March last year, David Gatton, a 31-year-old military veteran, threatened to commit mass shootings, investigators say.
He was arrested in March 2019 for retaliating against a witness or victim, a Class 3 felony, and inciting destruction of life or property, a Class 6 felony.
In the texts — which Gatton admitted to sending — he said he was struggling to find work and that if his adoptive parents didn’t stop asking him to pay back money he owed them, he would enact his plan to “kill a lot of people.”
When his father asked why, Gatton said it would help him relieve stress and “make me laugh.”
In another text, Gatton said he planned to be “a serial campus shooter” by shooting at two campuses. His texts did not name any specific schools as part of his plan, according to arrest documents.