Boulder County, CO Poised To Pass Multiple Gun Control Laws

On July 5, 2022 the Boulder County Commissioners passed on first reading a series of anti-Second Amendment ordinances WITHOUT allowing for public comment.
  
Second reading and decision making will take place on Tuesday, August 2 at 3 p.m.

This meeting WILL allow for public comment.
 
Email written public comment to commissioners [email protected]
  
The Boulder County Commissioners are still holding their meetings VIRTUAL ONLY. You can register to provide public comment via Zoom here: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_3BjkIGKHR5WDJsnxRSLkKQ

During the 2021 Colorado legislative session, state lawmakers passed a law to give localities the flexibility to come up with their own ordinances addressing the sale, purchase, or possession of firearms within their jurisdictions (Colorado Senate Bill 21-256) Boulder County is joining other organizations and governments across the United States in raising awareness of gun violence and is working towards the prevention of gun violence here in Boulder County.
The Boulder County Commissioners view these current efforts to curtail gun violence as a continuation of a long-standing commitment that stems from their previous experience, including positions in education and in the state legislature.
Therefore the Commissioners are proposing the following local ordinances for Boulder County:
1.) An Ordinance Prohibiting the Carrying of Firearms in Sensitive Public Placesy – READ HERE
  • Prohibits concealed and open carry in Boulder County owned or operated buildings, or the portion of any building being used by Boulder County government.
  • Public parks, playgrounds, or open space owned by Boulder County.
  • Any recreation or community center facility owned, operated, or managed by Boulder County.
  • Within 500 feet of any polling location or a ballot drop box within Boulder County.
  • The indoor and outdoor premises of any facility licensed to serve alcohol.
  • A healthcare facility, or substance abuse or mental health provider or facility.
  • Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship.
  • A courthouse.
  • A daycare center or preschool.

2.) An Ordinance Prohibiting the Purchase of Firearms by Anyone Under the Age of Twenty-One – READ HERE

  • No person under the age of twenty-one in shall purchase a firearm.
  • No person shall sell a firearm to a person under the age of twenty-one.

3.) An Ordinance Prohibiting the sale and purchase of Assault Weapons, Large Capacity Magazines, and Trigger Activators – READ HERE

No person, corporation or entity shall own, transfer or sell:

  • Semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following characteristics:
    1. A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
    2. Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand;
    3. A folding or telescoping stock;
    4. A flash suppressor;
    5. A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel.
  • Semiautomatic center-fire pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device and any one of the following:
    1. A threaded barrel;
    2. A second pistol grip, or second other feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand;
    3. A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel;
    4. A flash suppressor;
    5. The capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device at some location outside of the pistol grip;
    6. A manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when unloaded; or
    7. A buffer tube, arm brace, or other part that protrudes horizontally behind the pistol grip.
  • Semiautomatic center-fire pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to
    accept more than 10 rounds.
  • Semiautomatic shotgun that has one or more of the following features:
    1. A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
    2. Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be
      held by the non-trigger hand;
    3. A folding or telescoping stock;
    4. A fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds; or
    5. An ability to accept a detachable magazine.
  • Any firearm that has been modified to be operable as an assault weapon as
    defined herein;
  • Any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an
    assault weapon, including any combination of parts from which an assault weapon
    may be readily assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control
    of the same person.
  • “Large-capacity magazine” or “LCD” means any ammunition feeding device with the
    capacity to accept more than 10 rounds
  • “Rapid-fire trigger activator” means any device, including a removable manual or powerdriven activating device, constructed so that, when installed in or attached to a semiautomatic firearm:
    1. the rate at which the trigger is activated substantially increases; or
    2. the rate of fire substantially increases.

4.) An Ordinance Requiring a Waiting Period Prior to the Sale of Firearms – READ HERE

  • Requires a 10 day waiting period between when a firearms dealer initiates a background check and when the purchaser takes possession of the firearm.

5.) An Ordinance to Regulate the Possession of Unfinished Frames and Receivers, and Unserialized Firearms – READ HERE

  • No person may possess one or more firearms that have not been identified with a serial number by a federal licensee.

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