A state’s preemption statute is the bedrock upon which all pro-gun laws stand. Currently, 42 states have a preemption statute of some kind, which prohibits anyone but the state legislature from regulating firearms and ammunition.
Last year, Colorado’s anti-gun Democratic governor, Jared Polis, signed legislation which made the Centennial State the first in the country to repeal its preemption statute. With his signature, each municipality can now establish their own gun laws. As you would expect, Boulder was the first to start infringing upon their residents’ rights.
The Boulder city council has resurrected its 2018 “assault weapon” ban, which the courts had struck down, but they are adding six new anti-gun proposals, which Boulder City Spokeswoman Sarah Huntley admitted were “modeled on legislation from the Giffords Law Center and Everytown for Gun Safety.”
Residents who currently own firearms that the city council classifies as “assault weapons” will be grandfathered and may keep their firearms. However, they must certify that they owned them prior to the new ban by registering them with the Boulder Police Department. The ban includes standard-capacity magazines and any type of trigger the council deems will “increase the rate of fire.”
Boulder’s city council also plans to raise the age limit to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, to initiate a 10-day waiting period for all firearm purchases, to prohibit open carry and to ban homemade firearms.
Also, gun dealers must post the following warning in their shops: “WARNING: Access to a firearm in the home significantly increases the risk of suicide, death during domestic violence disputes and the unintentional death of children, household members or others.”
The council members also seek to expand the “sensitive area” list where concealed carry is prohibited. The new list will include city buildings; public parks; playgrounds; city recreation and/or community centers; protests held on public property; within 500 feet of ballot counting or polling places; at “licensed premises for alcohol sellers” such as bars or liquor stores; hospitals; mental health or substance abuse treatment centers; stadiums or arenas; banks; theaters; day care centers and preschools.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]