Thursday, May 17, 2018

In Boulder, owners face $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail for possession of semi-automatic rifles; gun owners sue

Firearms owners wasted no time challenging the Boulder gun ban, filing a lawsuit one day after the city council’s Tuesday vote to expel “assault weapons” and certain accessories from the city limits. The motion filed by the Mountain States Legal Foundation seeks a preliminary injunction to stop the famously liberal city from enforcing the ban, which would subject violators to fines of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail per offense. The unanimous vote at Tuesday night’s council meeting came amid a national push for tougher gun-control laws in response the deadly Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but foes blasted the measure as unconstitutional and pointless. “This ban is tantamount to Boulder attempting to stop drunk driving by banning Subarus,” said foundation attorney Cody J. Wisniewski. “It accomplishes nothing other than making criminals of law-abiding citizens.” The ordinance forbids the sale or possession of certain semi-automatic rifles as well as bump stocks and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and raises the legal gun-possession age from 18 to 21...MORE

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