News Briefs 03. 20. 24

Formal Arrests Made For Three Suspects In Aurora Shooting

Aurora Police arrested three male suspects Tuesday evening in connection to a shooting at a condo complex that took place Friday. That Friday evening, officers responded to an emergency at East Second Avenue, only to find the body of resident Theresa Burke, age 24, who was promptly declared dead. The three suspects had reportedly taken off in a truck only to be stopped and stuck in the evening’s blizzard near E-740, where they were swiftly found with several firearms in their vehicle. The men, Cameron Moody, Stephen Cherry, and Corey Allen, were formally arrested Tuesday evening on second-degree murder charges. During the shooting, Moody sustained a gunshot wound as well, and has been in the hospital for treatment. 

Colorado Congress Holds Marathon Hearing For Assault Weapons Ban

Colorado lawmakers gathered in Denver on Tuesday for a marathon of hearings regarding an assault weapons bill, and were followed by hundreds of Coloradans gathered to voice both their support and their opposition to said bill. The bill, House Bill 24-1929, would specifically ban the manufacture, import, purchase, or sale of a range of semi-automatic firearms, and comes in the wake of yet another year of deadly shootings across the state of colorado and mass shootings across the country. Over 500 people signed up to testify regarding the bill, causing the hearings to stretch into the late hours of the night. Amongst those who testified included Taylor Rhodes, the executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a group that had spent 6 million in the last year challenging local gun control laws, and Peggy Su Andre, a transgender gun control activist who paved the way for getting lawmakers to sponsor 24-1929. After dozens of testimonies, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the bill, clearing its initial hurdle sending it directly to the House floor. The measure still needs two floor votes to pass the House before restarting the process in the Senate. 

Colorado Legislature Approves Bill Removing Limits On Residential Occupancy

On Monday Night, Colorado legislature approved a bill prohibiting limits on residential occupancy. The bill, HB24-1007, will allow a large number of unrelated roommates to legally share homes in cities all across the state. The policy serves as a backdrop to larger land-use reform debates across the state, and specifically has been controversial in college towns such as Boulder and Fort Collins, in which long term property owners are trying to avoid their homes from being [quote]“overrun” with collegiate renters. In Boulder specifically, a measure abolishing occupancy limits was previously rejected on a ballot by a vote of 52-48 in 2021. HB24 has passed votes in both the House and Senate in Colorado, and is awaiting a final codifying vote in the senate before being sent to Governor Jared Polis for signature.