Boulder, Colorado Considers “Assault Weapon” Ban – To the Ballot or to the Council?

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On May 1, the city of Boulder, Colorado will consider a proposed ban on “assault weapons.” And the fight over whether the city council will just outright ban them in a vote or whether to put it on the ballot in November has pitted left-wing gun control groups against 2nd Amendment supporters.

“Boulder has a long history of taking big, important issues to its voters. It’s the most democratic way for us to draw the line about what weapons are acceptable in the community.” Councilman Sam Weaver

But “Moms Demand Action” could care less about the “democratic way.” They want the guns banned, period. And they want Weaver’s idea overruled.

According to the  Daily Camera, the proposed ordinance defines assault wepaons as:

• All semiautomatic rifles that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and that have any of the following characteristics: a pistol grip or thumbhole stock; a folding or telescoping stock; or any protruding grip or other device to allow the weapon to be stabilized with the non-trigger hand.

• All semi-automatic center-fire pistols that have any of the following characteristics: the capacity to accept a magazine other than in the pistol grip or any device to allow the weapon to be stabilized with the non-trigger hand.

• Any firearm which has been modified to be operable as an assault weapon as defined by the city, plus any part or combination or parts designed to convert a firearm into an assault weapon

One resident, Jon Caldara, wrote an op-ed for the Denver Post in which he stated that he would not comply with the new ordinance.

“My home town of Boulder is about to define me as a criminal if I do not disarm or move.

Let this column serve as a public notice, I will not comply.

I was raised in Colorado and moved to Boulder in 1984, graduated from CU there and stayed. I proudly represented Boulder on the RTD Board of Directors. My late daughter rests in a Boulder cemetery. I plan to be laid to rest beside her when my time comes. All that to say my roots are deep in my hometown.

But to be who I am, to be true to my values I hold dear, I must choose to leave or go to jail.

Boulder prides itself on promoting inclusion, diversity and tolerance. And there was a time it lived up to those now-empty words — a time when Boulder was diverse enough to welcome such opposites as the beatnik, Buddhist Naropa Institute and Soldier of Fortune magazine.

But it’s getting very clear Boulder doesn’t want my type in their lily-white, homogeneous town.

Boulder City Council is on the verge of passing a sweeping anti-gun ordinance, laughably called an assault weapons ban. So loosely written, this ordinance would ban the first gun I ever owned, a simple .22 caliber rifle, the same type most farm boys get on their twelfth  birthday. Its sin? It can be fitted with a pistol-grip or a folding stock.”

Let’s ask this: what would really happen if all the legal gun owners in Boulder, Colorado, a city with a population of over 108,000, decided not to comply? How many police/Feds/sheriffs would it take to disarm them? And at what cost? These stupid left wing groups that push such laws need to get a grip on reality.