Longmont City Council Meeting On Extreme "Gun Safety Resolution"

In a Gun Safety Resolution so extreme it puts Boulder, CO’s so-called “assault weapons” ban to shame, Longmont, CO city council is asking federal and state elected officials to implement laws such as gun registration and requiring gun locks so advanced the technology barely even exists yet, among many other things.

On Tuesday, Councilman Tim Waters presented the resolution.  It was voted 5-2 to advance to the next step – deliberation and a final vote which will take place on Tuesday, Sept 10 at 7pm during the weekly city council meeting.  If approved, Mayor Brian Bagley would have to forward this resolution to state and federal elected officials conveying that these are the laws city council believes Longmont’s law abiding gun owners should have to abide by.  It should be noted, Mayor Bagley was one of the NO votes to move the resolution forward, along with Councilwoman Bonnie Finley.

Here is what the resolution calls for: 

1.) Required state issued permits for gun ownership.
2.) Universal background checks on all sales, including the private sale of firearms*.
3.) State issued permits for concealed carry*.
4.) State issued permits for concealed carry within a vehicle*.
5.)  Banning the personal sale or purchase of military grade weapons by non-military personnel.
6.) Limits on magazine capacity*.
7.) Required gun locks that enable only permitted gun owners to fire a weapon.
8.) Prohibitions of gun ownership by convicted felons and individuals convicted of domestic abuse.
9.) Red flagging individuals who have given family members and/or law enforcement reasons for concern about their mental and emotional stability*.

(Read the PDF of the resolution distributed by Councilman Tim waters on Tuesday here.)

According to Councilman Waters, the asterisk denotes laws that already exist in Colorado, although it’s unclear what he means by #4: State issued permits for conceal carry within vehicle.  Is he suggesting Colorado has a separate permit that allows individuals to carry a firearm within their vehicle or is he simply denoting it’s an extension of #3?  Just to be clear, there is no separate law requiring a permit to carry within a vehicle in Colorado.

The others with an asterisk are accurate – #2, #6 and #9.  In 2013 Colorado passed expanded background checks as well as restricted magazine capacity to 15 rounds, although it’s done nothing to curb gun deaths (homicides and suicide combined), and in fact, gun deaths have been rising at an alarming rate in the state since those laws were enacted. You could almost make the case that it’s had the opposite effect of what was intended.  And as for #9, Colorado’s “Red Flag” Extreme Risk Protection Orders ERPO legislation was signed into law this past April, but the law will not go into effect until January 1, 2020.  I’ve also pointed out that Red Flag laws don’t work in other states that have them, such as Indiana where suicide rates are skyrocketing and they’ve had a Red Flag law since 2005, or California where there has been a public mass shooting yearly since they enacted their Red Flag law in 2014, and Sandy Hook happened in Connecticut after they enacted their Red Flag law in 1999.

But now let’s take a good look at the other laws the resolution calls for…

#1: State issued permits for gun ownership.  This is a gun owner registry plain and simple.  A registry required based off an irrational fear of property we own. Which class of people will Longmont suggest we register next based off an irrational fear? Muslims? Jews? The bigotry of the council is astounding. And how much will it cost to register? Are they also discriminating against poor people who can’t afford to register? Oh, and we all know exactly who will NOT register – criminals. In addition, talk of a registry always begs the question of how it will stop evil people from committing evil acts?  Would someone who wishes to do harm with a firearm not do so because they’ve “registered”, suddenly instilling morals and a sense of right from wrong into the individual? Absolutely not.

#5: Banning the personal sale or purchase of military grade weapons by non-military personnel.  What does this even mean? If they’re referring to banning access to firearms such as AR-15’s or AK-47’s that civilians can legally purchase from a gun store in the United States, it certainly wouldn’t be included under #5 as those firearms are not used by military.  Maybe they mean they want to eliminate the ability for civilians to spend $30k and purchase a full auto through the NFA?  Considering the latter is still legal in Boulder where they banned “assault weapons” in 2018, it’s more likely that Councilman Tim Waters has no idea what he is even talking about, but still supports sending men with “weapons of war” to confiscate “weapons of war” from people who have done absolutely nothing wrong.  I bet he claims to be against police brutality too, even though he’d support police enforcing his ban up and to the point of brutal force.

#7: Required gun locks that enable only permitted gun owners to fire a weapon.  Now we’re not just talking about access to firearms via a smart technology safe, but the actual requirement that the gun cannot be fired unless by the registered gun owner.  This kind of smart technology barely exists, and what does exist is incredibly expensive.  For example, German firearms manufacturer Armatix LLC manufactures RFID enabled guns that are only activated by those with an authorized watch. But the pricetag is through the roof at $1800 for it’s most basic .22 caliber iP1 pistol.  So again, we’re talking about laws that limit access to self defense only to those who can afford it, blatant discrimination against the poor.  The technology also doesn’t come without flaws, and dangerous ones at that.  Even though the manufacturer says the bracelet must be within 1 foot of the firearm to function, multiple videos have proven that all it takes to bypass the safety block is a simple magnet held next to the firearm, rendering it an overpriced and awkward .22 handgun.  Plus RFID jammers are easy to make, creating a whole new black market where stalkers and rapists can obtain the means to deactivate a potential victim’s instrument of self defense.

#8: Prohibitions of gun ownership by convicted felons and individuals convicted of domestic abuse.  This is already federal law, with felons and domestic abusers being entered into the NICS database, prohibiting the legal purchase of a firearm, and it’s simply illegal for them to own one.

If there is one word that comes to mind after reading this, it’s privilege.  This is what privilege looks like.  Councilman Waters, along with council members Marcia Martin, Polly Christiansen, Aren Rodriguez, and Joan Peck who joined him in his support of this resolution, are so privileged they don’t understand why someone could possibly ever need to defend themselves.  And those who are underprivileged and live in poverty would have their right to self defense stripped of them, even though statistics show people living in households in the US that have an income level below the Federal poverty threshold have more than double the rates of violent victimization compared to individuals in high-income households.  And because the poverty rate of African Americans is almost double of that of Caucasians, you could almost call Councilman Waters proposals white privilege. I mean, he must believe only rich white people should be allowed to defended themselves, right?

Now, some may say resolutions are worthless; simply a statement with no teeth.  I don’t see it that way.  What I see is a city council who will be voting September 10th on whether or not they believe these laws should be forced upon the 94,000 people in their city. And if their vote is yes, what’s to stop them from doing an ordinance next?

Please speak up, especially if you are a Longmont resident.  You can email the entire council at once at: [email protected] and telephone numbers can be found here.  Attend the next city council meeting:  Sept 10th at 7pm, Civic Center 350 Kimbark St. Longmont, CO 80501.  If you are comfortable doing so, come with a 3 minute prepared speech to give during public comment (it’s easy). If you don’t want to speak, please still come and offer support to others.  Questions?  Contact us.

 

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20 thoughts on “Longmont, CO Wants to Register Their Gun Owners, Mandate Smart Tech Gun Locks

  1. Curtis L Jones says:

    Unbelievable. This article does a great job of explaining the insanity of what they are proposing. Thank you!

  2. Patriot Solutions says:

    Socialist takeover 2.0

    Next they will dispatch their Antifa to the border at El Paso for a war to push this, oh wait…………………..

    Israel didn’t just blow a rocket off the launch pad in Iran because of irrational fear of Muslims. They did so that the rocket wouldn’t make it to Israel and blow Israel up and I say, nice shot Israel. Good job. Muslims wanting to cut our heads off don’t create an “irrational fear” it is actually a justifiable concern of any Christian that intends to keep head attached.

  3. Colorado Conservative says:

    Law abiding citizens who treasure their Constitutional Second Amendment rights MUST contact these council members whether or not you live in Longmont, CO. We will not stop the left’s attack on our rights if we sit silent figuring we don’t live there.

    1. Rick says:

      Once the guns are gone, the remaining Bill Of Rights will be indefensible!

  4. Dawn Emming says:

    Thank you for keeping us busy people informed!! I will be sending my email.

  5. Norm Ehnes , Longmont ,Colorado says:

    These liberals just don’t understand that the evil people in our society will never register their guns, what is so hard for you people to understand. I moved to Longmont in 1969 when their were only 18000 citizens living here it was a nice. Little town,
    The political scene then was a conservative population but with all the newcomers moving into this city with their liberal leanings the city has become a hotbed for drugs , crime and moral decay, any person who has been here as long as I have will attest to what I have stated,
    By passing resolutions. Regarding gun regulations and registration will not do any thing to address the evil corruption by these evil people .
    You well know that you, only will leave the honest people in this city defenseless with no deterent for the criminals whatsoever.
    I am 76 years old and have never been arrested for anything and am in excellent
    health and have no intention to letting any criminal take these from me .
    It is past time that there is no reason why 95 % of the honest people in this country have to be assaulted and intimidated by these people who have nothing but evil on their minds . Our justice system is by far to leaniant in dealing with these people a slap on the wrist is not going to change their behavior.

  6. Randall Saltzman says:

    This type of nonsense is just what the criminals are hoping for. When guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns.

  7. Jeremy Bentham says:

    Very glad Rally For Our Rights is bringing these issues to everyone’s attention. I’m going to the next City Council meeting and I hope to see a lot of you there.

    We always need more recruits to oppose the anti-rights machine! Pro-Second Amendment rallies are a valuable opportunity to spread a positive message and bring the undecided majority to our side. We should rally in Longmont again soon!

  8. Liberty says:

    Time to get smart and pull heads out of the sand.
    Today it is reported radical Dems want United Nations troops to replace CBP on the southern border.
    Numerous news stories of radical Dems wanting to have 5 million members of NRA, ( with this group and any other , soon),
    labeled domestic terrorists, ( even though ZERO evidence), to
    then be able to enforce gun confiscation and jailing of innocent citizens they hate. Pro Second and liberty minded people on social media being blacklisted and harassed.
    The hate is strong with the anti gun left. They see pro Second people as deplorables standing in the way of a Marxist state.
    Follow the lead of the founders and create false names for social media, ( today’s news outlet), understand that the really radical antigun members WILL NOT change their minds, just as WE will not change ours.
    The lines are drawn, almost no one is sitting the fence still deciding where they stand on firearm ownership.
    Hide your private property very carefully, keeping only what you need to defend yourselves from the criminal element who will not be disarmed by new gun laws.
    Be ready for the day the anti gunners form a brown shirt paramilitary to go after any honest person who is determined to live free and believes in self defense.
    Sound crazy ?
    One need only look at history and compare to what is now occurring.

  9. Liberty says:

    One can see why they suggest United Nations troops on our southern border.
    The same troops who stood by in Rwanda while hundreds of thousands where slaughtered, and have done nothing in other conflicts wherein they were charged with keeping the peace.
    They would do nothing to secure our borders.
    One can see why the attempt to delegitimize our police forces is so necessary to create chaos and crime so the populace accepts the Marxists plans to install their own police forces and government authority.
    At the same time they are attempting to color and blame honest law abiding firearm owners as the enemy, while they ignore the gang bangers and career criminals they need for more chaos to occur , to create demand for more gun control.
    Make no mistake, put it all together, nothing happens by chance.
    There are simply too many threads leading to the same conclusion.
    Many of the low level, ‘ ordinary” people , like in Longmont and elsewhere who follow them and give them numbers and power are what the communists have always described as ” useful idiots”.
    The leaders are openly calling themselves socialists, and when you read their diatribes, this ain’t some soft European style socialism they refer to.

  10. Mike Nevins says:

    After receiving a scathing email from Marcia Martin on this issue, it is clear that you cannot reason weith people that have a debased mind (Romans Chp 1). They have already made up their minds as what is good for us “Stupid, fantical 2A” supporters. We can vote them out, and how they got there in the first place is beyond me.

    1. Liberty says:

      So Ms Martin thinks because some BS poll backs her assumption that only 20-30% of people agree with 2A supporters.
      Even if true , I’d remind her that only about that percentage were involved actively in the American Revolution which event gave her the opportunity to even govern.
      Hey Martin, read up.
      As to your claim most 2A people are stupid, actually most know more about natural and inalienable rights, the history of our nation, and firearm issues in general. It’s her ilk who are the ignoramuses . They prove it whenever they open their pie holes.

  11. Common Sense says:

    When deadly force is the only option, it is Paramount to have deadly force available and to not have to rely on law enforcement response time (if it has even been summoned). Criminals or mentally unstable individuals operate without regard for gun laws to begin with. Why should anyone be at their mercy due to laws that afford the illusion of protecting potential victims.

  12. Liberty says:

    I wonder if the people in Boulder who went along with the commissars and registered their semi auto rifles have now ” woke” to the fact that they have fallen right into a totalitarian trap ?
    Don’t be fooled, there is no compromise with these tyrants.
    To them , you are nothing more than deplorables, ( enemies) standing in the way of their ability to shackle you with the chains of an all powerful government controlled by them.
    They ignore facts , statistics, and common sense, which also stands in the way of their aims.

  13. Reginald Hafner says:

    Nothing but limited intelligence socialist clowns. Vote them out, they are bat crap nuts.

  14. Reginald Hafner says:

    Vote Republican, run the communist California transplants out of office.

  15. Mark Nelsen says:

    “For those who do not understand the meaning of ‘Rights’, we need to make it clear once and for all:

    The 2nd Amendment does not apply to semi-auto rifles, nor does it apply to bolt action rifles, pistols, or revolvers. The 2nd Amendment RESTRICTS GOVERNMENT. The technology of the firearm is irrelevant. The restrictions on government remain the same, regardless of the firearm. The Second Amendment was not written to grant permission for citizens to own and bear firearms. It forbids government interference in the right to keep and bear arms, period. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    This also applies to the other ‘Rights’. They are not granted, they stipulate inherent rights that the government may not prohibit.”

  16. Liberty says:

    Any firearms owners out there foolish enough to think the gun grabbers will cease their activities if they ever get their wishes on more stringent background checks , red flag laws, and semi auto rifles bans and buybacks?
    There is no compromise with these people, it’s a sure bet if they get their wishes on the above, they will be emboldened to go after all semi auto pistols, shotguns, etc.
    Time to stop deluding ourselves .
    Refuse to comply with any more unconstitutional, immoral disarmament of law abiding citizens.

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