Are There AR-15-Owning Democrats Defying Boulder's Assault Weapons Ban?

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 9:30 PM
Are There AR-15-Owning Democrats Defying Boulder's Assault Weapons Ban?

Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Last year, after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Boulder, Colorado decided to ban AR-15 rifles. Current residents who owned these firearms were subject to a grandfather clause. They also had until July 18, 2018 to get rid of, or sell, so-called high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. Those who were grandfathered in had until December 27, 2018 to certify their rifles with the local sheriff’s department. There is no paper trail. No records are kept, but it sure sounds like a test run for a gun registry. Only 342 people have certified their rifles. You know there are more out there. The Democratic Party is anti-gun, but outside of the urban strongholds, the Acela Corridor, and the liberal northeast, there seems to be more than a few who like their firearms. It appears a good cluster of pro-gun Democrats is in Boulder. And yes, they’re defying the ordinance (via Washington Times):

Only 342 “assault weapons,” or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance.

“I would say the majority of people I’ve talked to just aren’t complying because most people see this as a registry,” said Lesley Hollywood, executive director of the Colorado Second Amendment group Rally for Our Rights. “Boulder actually has a very strong firearms community.”

The ordinance, approved by the city council unanimously, banned the possession and sale of “assault weapons,” defined as semiautomatic rifles with a pistol grip, folding stock, or ability to accept a detachable magazine. Semiautomatic pistols and shotguns are also included.

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The firearms community in Boulder — they may be Democrats but they love their firearms,” said Ms. Hollywood, herself a former Boulder resident.

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City Attorney Tom Carr has acknowledged that enforcing the ordinance will be a challenge, telling the Boulder Daily Camera that “there’s no circumstance where we go door-to-door and ask people if they’ve violated the law.”

Well, at least they’re not going door-to-door, but as always, these laws only impact law-abiding Americans and make it harder for them to exercise their Second Amendment rights.