Boulder passes new gun control laws, assault weapon ban

Boulder passes new gun control laws, assault weapon ban
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Even when Colorado tended to lean a little bit more pro-gun, the city of Boulder was never part of that particular program. The leftward lean of that city meant it was more likely to embrace gun control.

As the politics of the state shifted, Boulder started being able to get away with stuff it might not have before regarding gun control.

Such as a number of measures passed earlier this week.

Boulder passed a package of gun control laws on Tuesday, including a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons similar to one that was overturned shortly before 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket.

Boulder originally passed an assault weapons ban in 2018 in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. However, a judge declared it invalid in March 2021, ruling that only state or federal laws can limit the possession, sale and transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, the Daily Camera reported.

State lawmakers changed the law to allow cities to pass their own gun control measures partly in response to the shooting.

Of course, the article notes that the killer in that particular shooting bought his gun nearly a week earlier in a completely different town, so there are zero reasons to believe the ban would have stopped the shooting.

Among the other measures passed by the city council is a 10-round magazine restriction, raising the age of firearm possession to 21–meaning you can’t even give your 19-year-old a shotgun to keep in their first apartment–and a 10-day waiting period.

None of which would have stopped the shooting at a King Sooper’s store, mind you, but that’s kind of irrelevant when you’re pushing an anti-gun narrative. Facts only matter when you can use them to push gun control. When you can’t, they’re irrelevant.

That’s just how it works in Boulder.

However, no one there should be surprised if another mass shootings were to take place there, even with a dreaded AR-15. There’s literally nothing in any of these laws that will make any appreciable difference in how safe the city actually is.

Though they will have an impact on how unsafe it is.

After all, these restrictions will only impact the law-abiding. The criminals–you know, the vast majority of those shooting and killing folks–won’t obey the law, which means the good guys get to be at a disadvantage. Then again, considering the way folks like Boulder’s elected officials treat criminals, one could be forgiven for thinking that’s actually by design.

Whether it is or not is largely irrelevant.

What isn’t irrelevant is that this is a direct assault on the Second Amendment rights of Boulder’s residents. Just because the state authorized this nonsense doesn’t make it right.

This will most likely spark another lawsuit and hopefully, the city gets smacked down yet again over this kind of thing.

Also hopefully, not too many innocent people get hurt in the meantime. I’m mighty much afraid that won’t be the case, though.