Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Cities to Set Their Own Gun-Control Laws

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Cities to Set Their Own Gun-Control Laws

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on May 8, 2019. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on June 19 signed several gun-control bills into law, including one that allows cities and municipalities in the state the set their own gun regulation. Previous state law prohibited local governments from enacting an ordinance, regulation, or another law that prohibited the sale, purchase, or ownership of a gun. The new law now gives municipalities more jurisdiction in setting their own laws on firearms, but those regulations can’t be more lenient than Colorado state law. Declaring “that the regulation of firearms is a matter of state and local concern,” the bill says that “local law may only impose a criminal penalty for a violation upon a person who knew or reasonably should have known that the person’s conduct was prohibited.” A second measure signed by Polis requires the state’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention to carry out public awareness campaigns to “educate the general public” about firearms. The governor also signed a third statute over the weekend that prohibits gun dealers from transferring firearms to another individual who hasn’t undergone a successful background check or was convicted of several specified misdemeanor offenses. “Recent tragedies around Colorado and the country demand quick and decisive action,” Polis, a Democrat, said in a statement June 19. “Together, these measures will make our communities safer, keep firearms out of the hands of those who would do harm to themselves or others, and get […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.