Restraining order blocks part of Boulder County gun ban

Restraining order blocks part of Boulder County gun ban
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Colorado used to be a fairly pro-gun place, but all that changed a while back. Since then, what we generally see is one anti-gun law after another churned out of the state.

Not all of them are state laws, however. Boulder County, for example, passed an ordinance banning so-called assault weapons and what anti-gunners call standard capacity magazines.

Now, a judge has put all of that on hold.

A judge granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday preventing Boulder County from partially enforcing newly passed gun control measures.

Boulder County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved five ordinances on Aug. 2 related to firearms.

Ordinance No. 2022-5 prohibits the sale and purchase of assault weapons, large capacity magazines and trigger activators. The ordinance prohibits a person, corporation or other entity in unincorporated Boulder County from manufacturing, importing, purchasing, selling or transferring any assault weapon, large-capacity magazine or rapid-fire trigger activator.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and National Foundation for Gun Rights filed an amended complaint on Aug. 18 challenging that ordinance’s regulation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, alleging the ordinance violates the 2nd and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

The temporary restraining order granted Tuesday will be in effect for 14 days unless modified by the court and prevents Boulder County from enforcing the part of Ordinance No. 2022-5 pertaining to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. It doesn’t apply to the ban on the sale or purchase of rapid-fire trigger activators.

This comes just a short time after the Bruen decision laid down a new framework as to how gun control laws should be decided in matters of their constitutionality. It’s highly unlikely that an assault weapon ban will pass the text and history approach laid out there.

Hence the restraining order.

The truth of the matter is that banning so-called assault weapons doesn’t accomplish anything. While these regulations were in response to the King Soopers shooting, there’s nothing here that actually would have stopped that maniac from shooting up that grocery store.

Nothing at all.

I know that will upset a lot of people, but let’s keep in mind that this is a local ordinance. That means all it takes to circumvent it is just driving to another county and buying whatever it is you want. It doesn’t exactly take a master criminal to figure this out.

Further, Colorado already had a magazine restriction law in place before this shooting. How did that work? Did it stop the killer from slaughtering innocent people?

Clearly, it didn’t, otherwise, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. So why would you think still more of the same thing will work?

You know, there’s a term for doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. That’s all this nonsense is.

Thankfully, at least for a short while, they can’t keep doing it. With a little good fortune and a judge that knows how to read the Bruen decision, Boulder County will see at least most of this law struck down.

That will be a win for everyone, even if they don’t realize it.