City of Edgewater to consider sweeping gun rights restrictions; concealed carry among targets

City of Edgewater to consider sweeping gun rights restrictions; concealed carry among targets

EDGEWATER — Home to just more than 5,000 people, this suburban Jefferson County town bordered by Denver to the east, Lakewood to the south and west, and Wheat Ridge to the north, is looking to limit Second Amendment rights like no city before in Colorado. Although Denver has long banned open carry and recently announced its intent to look at banning concealed carry in public spaces including parks and city buildings, Edgewater has a laundry list of items targeting gun owners coming up for discussion that far exceeds anything seen to date. On April 5th , the city council heard a presentation on gun violence prevention from Colorado Ceasefire, an anti-gun rights organization, and subsequently decided to move forward with a more detailed discussion on possible municipal ordinances. Such local gun rights restrictions would be allowed under Senate Bill 21- 256, passed during last year’s legislative session and signed into law by Governor Polis, which unwound decades of state preemption and allows local governments to manage their own gun laws, but only so long as they are more restrictive than those at the state level, a condition that has been referred to as a “bastardization of the concept of local control.” Sweeping gun rights restrictions According to an Edgewater City Council agenda for the April 19 th meeting , the following will be considered for passage: Prohibiting open carry city-wide. Prohibiting concealed carry in city-owned buildings and areas, including: Civic Center and city parks. Prohibiting conceal carry in other […]

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