Here’s what you need to know about Democrats’ gun control bills introduced after the King Soopers shooting

Here’s what you need to know about Democrats’ gun control bills introduced after the King Soopers shooting

People visit and add to the shrine memorializing the victims of a mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers store in Boulder on March 22, 2021. (Jeremy Sparig, Special to The Colorado Sun) Colorado Democrats on Thursday formally introduced three anticipated gun control bills in response to the Boulder King Soopers mass shooting. The measures would require that a background check be completed before any firearm purchase, regardless of how long it takes, and prohibit people convicted of certain misdemeanors from buying a gun for five years. They would also give local governments and public colleges and universities authority to enact gun control measures that are more strict than the state’s. Finally, the legislation would create an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But the details of how each of the three policies would work are important. The Colorado Sun combed through the bills, which would go into effect immediately after being signed into law, to figure out what they would actually do: Senate Bill 256 : Ending the local preemption ban This measure would allow local governments, public higher education institutions and special districts to enact gun control policies that are more stringent than what’s written in state law. Democrats are pushing for the bill because a few days before the Boulder King Soopers shooting, a 2018 ordinance banning the sale and possession of assault weapons in Boulder was struck down by a state judge. The judge ruled the […]

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