David Zalubowski via The Associated Press A man in March killed 10 people, shown at this memorial, in a Boulder, Colo., supermarket. After the mass shooting, Colorado became the first state to repeal its preemption law on gun regulations. Less than two weeks before a man used an AR-15 style firearm to kill 10 people in a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store, a state court in March blocked that city’s ordinance banning assault weapons. That’s because a state law, known as a preemption law, prevented Colorado cities from enacting stricter gun regulations than the state. While the city’s assault weapons ban likely would not have stopped this latest mass shooting, Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg said the tragedy showed the legislature had a responsibility to allow communities to protect themselves in the absence of strong federal and state gun laws. Fenberg, a Democrat who represents Boulder, co-sponsored legislation this summer that made Colorado the first state in the country to overturn its preemption law. Forty-two other states have laws stopping local governments from enforcing strict gun restrictions. The Colorado measure, signed into law in June, also allows universities to make decisions about firearms on their campuses. “The fact that we don’t have federal action shouldn’t mean states and cities should sit on the sidelines and wait,” Fenberg said. “We can only be so effective at the state and local level, but we need to use the tools we have available.” Only California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey and […]
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