Is Boulder, CO looking at Mexican-style gun control?

Is Boulder, CO looking at Mexican-style gun control?
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Boulder, Colorado isn’t exactly a place that’s friendly to gun rights. They’ve made that abundantly clear in recent years, but especially since the King Sooper’s shooting. Yet it’s not like they were exactly pro-Second Amendment before that.

Now, though, it seems the city is gearing up to pass new gun control. It also seems that our friends at Ammoland see it as so bad they compare it to Mexican gun control.

Boulder, CO is aiming to bring Mexico-style gun control to the city with a slew of gun control measures they plan to introduce to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boulder King Soopers shooting coming up in March.

Not one of the laws proposed would have stopped that horrific tragedy, but they would ensure a lot more of them could happen by disarming even concealed carry permit holders.

But is it really that bad?

I mean, Mexico does supposedly preserve the right to keep and bear arms in their constitution, but then regulates the hell out of it so that supposed preservation is meaningless. Could Boulder really be trying to go that far?

Well, here’s what they’re trying:

This is what Gun Control is currently being drafted:

  • Banning of all open carry inside city limits, including handguns.
  • Banning of concealed carry in “sensitive locations” including government-controlled spaces, places worship, places where alcohol is sold, near or in polling locations or near ballot drop boxes, preschools and daycare centers, banks, theaters, stadiums, and more.
  • Raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21, possibly ban possession for those under 21.
  • 10 Day waiting period to purchase a firearm.
  • Ban on their definition of “Assault Weapons” and magazines over 10 rounds (reinstated) and ban bump stocks (which are already federally prohibited).
  • “Warning signs” about the dangers of firearms and suicide on gun stores and shooting ranges.
  • Ban the possession, carry, use, manufacture, and sale of non-serialized guns (Ghost Guns).

Well, about all they seem to be missing is just one gun store for everyone to use and a mountain of paperwork needing to be filled out just to gain access to it.

This is especially problematic because of things like mandating so-called warning signs. We all know it’s going to be anti-gun propaganda, but there’s no recourse if something like this passes. Stores will either have to leave the city or put them up. The same for ranges.

And, as previously noted, none of these would have stopped the King Sooper’s shooting. None of them.

Then again, using a mass shooting to justify gun control isn’t really about the mass shooting. That’s why we get calls for “assault weapon” bans in the aftermath of a mass shooting where the killer used a handgun. It’s why we get calls for universal background checks even after we learn the killer passed such a check before buying his guns.

Boulder doesn’t actually care about what happened in that grocery store, they’re just leveraging it to justify all the things they wanted to do the whole time.

For all the kvetching about gun control, though, there’s little talk there about how the state’s red flag law failed to stop this shooting or how laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of mentally deranged individuals failed.

Why is that?

Well, it’s simple. If people realized gun control failed as often as it does, they might start demanding something else from lawmakers, something that might actually work and wouldn’t trample on our right to keep and bear arms.

Heaven knows, we can’t have that, now can we?

So, they deflect and call for things that have nothing to do with the shooting that supposedly inspired them. Funny how that works out.