A city that tried to regulate guns

BOULDER, Colo. — In the days before the vote, there was a dress rehearsal of sorts, testing how quickly city council members could duck behind their bank of seats, known as a dais, that had been made bulletproof before the occasion. “We talked through how to get out both of the doors behind the dais. We talked about how to find the exits,” Mayor Sam Weaver (D) said of the 2018 meeting when the city council here voted unanimously to ban assault rifles amid death threats and before an audience that included armed protesters. “So it was clearly more than just theoretical at that point,” Weaver said. “It was probably the most intense piece of council work I have ever done.” The night this city banned assault weapons provides a vivid, frightening example of how hard corralling gun ownership and mass shootings has been in Colorado, where the killings at Columbine High School in 1999 and in movie theater in Aurora 13 years later have proved that gun violence here is far from theoretical. And like much of Colorado’s history with gun control, which tracks the grim mile markers of the nation’s mass shootings, the step to ban assault rifles was legally fraught, followed a recent gun-related tragedy and ultimately did little to prevent the next one, which unfolded Monday in the aisles of a King Soopers grocery store here, where authorities say a 21-year-old armed with an AR-15-style firearm killed 10 people. A state court overturned Boulder’s assault […]

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