Boulder Passes Restrictive New Gun Laws

The unanimous virtue-signaling weapon and magazine ban by the Boulder Colorado City Council last week does not bode well for gun owners in Boulder. While parts of this law are likely to be  overturned due to Colorado’s firearm preemption law this is a serious threat to the Second Amendment rights of all Boulder gun owners.

Colorado has two laws barring cities, towns, and counties from passing laws that would restrict weapons carrying and purchases codified at §29-11.7-103 and §29-11.7-101 which state, in part:

A local government may not enact an ordinance, regulation, or other law that prohibits the sale, purchase, or possession of a firearm that a person may lawfully sell, purchase, or possess under state or federal law.

Inconsistency among local governments of laws regulating the possession and ownership of firearms results in persons being treated differently under the law solely on the basis of where they reside, and a person’s residence in a particular county or city or city and county is not a rational classification when it is the basis for denial of equal treatment under the law;

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The Boulder ordinance does offer a grandfather clause to current owners of so-called Assault Rifles requiring Boulder County residents to obtain certification from the Boulder Police Department that they owned the weapons prior to the ban.  There was no such grandfather clause for the “high capacity” standard 30 round magazine or the bump stock ban.

Colorado Independent Program Attorney Douglas Richards has publicly stated that this law will be difficult, if not impossible to enforce; however, that is not an invitation to ignore the law.  Richards elaborated that, “a ‘feel good laws frequently singles out otherwise law-abiding citizens, while failing to address mental health issues, the primary factor leading to the gun violence the law aims to curb.”  Contact Mr. Richards if you are a Boulder resident affected by this new ordinance.

There are a number of legal groups seeking to defend Boulder Citizen’s Second Amendment rights by challenging the law on the grounds that it violates the Second, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The Mountain States Legal Foundation is seeking to challenge the new ordinance in court based on the above grounds.

Though there are sufficient legal grounds in Colorado to challenge the law it is recommended that any owners of a(n) “Assault Rifles”, Bump Stocks or “High Capacity” Magazines comply with the ordinance until the law is overturned.

Gun laws and self-defense laws are complex and always changing. You have a duty to yourself–and your family–to know the law. Register to attend a seminar or workshop today, and arm yourself with knowledge.

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5 comments on “Boulder Passes Restrictive New Gun Laws

  1. Welcome to The People’s Republic of Boulder! Such Crap and a clear violation of the second admendment!

  2. Regarding the fifth paragraph: “requiring Boulder County residents to obtain certification”

    The law applies to the city of Boulder, not the whole county of Boulder.

  3. Time for these parasites on the city council to find new work!

  4. Please define “high capacity magazine” with respect to the Boulder ordinance. What are the options for non-Boulder residents passing through?

    • Tom,

      Under Boulder Ordinance 8245, “large-capacity magazine” is defined as any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, but does not include any of the following:
      • A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds;
      • A 22-caliber tube rim-fire ammunition feeding device;
      • A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm;
      • A pistol magazine designed to fit into a pistol grip that has a capacity to hold no more than 15 rounds.

      Regarding non-Boulder residents, Section 5-8-10(3) provides an exception to the general ban and states “Nothing in this section shall be deemed to restrict a person’s ability to travel with a weapon in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance for hunting or for lawful protection of a person’s or another’s person or property while traveling into, through, or within, the City of Boulder, regardless of the number of times the person stops in the City of Boulder.”

      Thank you for your question!

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