Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, signed three new gun control bills

Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, signed three new gun control bills

Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, signed three new gun control bills

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed 3 gun-control reforms bills into law on 19 June 2021. Following the horrific shooting in Boulder earlier this year, new restrictions have gone into effect. On March 13 mass shooting that left 10 people dead, a District Court judge in Boulder County temporarily halted the city's gun and magazine prohibitions. Because the new 2018 gun regulations were found to contradict an earlier statute that aimed to avoid "a patchwork of conflicting local rules concerning guns," the court decided in favor of the plaintiff.

Colorado legislation formerly said "a local government can not adopt an ordinance, rule, or other law that bans the sale, acquisition, or possession of a weapon" has been superseded by SB21-256, which permits towns in Colorado to create their own gun control. The new legislation does prevent local governments from adopting rules that are less stringent than state law, but it also provides them greater leeway to do so.

Under SB21-256, state and local gun control policies have become a state and local concern.

Additionally, Polis signed legislation that bans gun dealers from transferring guns to someone convicted of a misdemeanor with an added stipulation of completing a background check. The third bill, titled "To promote awareness and knowledge of state and federal legislation and available resources about gun violence prevention," mandates the Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the Department of Health and Environment to carry out public awareness programs.

Colorado's recent events need a "swift and decisive" response, Polis said in a statement released on Saturday. "It's time to implement more gun control measures, including restraining orders, to make our communities safer, keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others, and assist those in need to receive the treatment they need as quickly as possible."

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was identified as the man who opened fire on a Boulder grocery store and parking lot on March 22. He was one of the casualties. After obtaining a criminal background check and receiving approval from local authorities, Alissa lawfully bought the semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 handgun used in the shooting six days before the assault. When he appears in court next month, he will be facing accusations of attempted murder, and CBS Denver reports that his preliminary hearing is set for September 7.

After the Colorado Springs massacre in which 4 people were killed and 13 were injured, Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver told CBS This Morning in March that he favored a federal ban on assault weapons, and that he believed the shooting may have been prevented if one had been in place. Assault-style weapons are widely available, so they are too prevalent, he said.

In a speech after the signing of the bill, Colorado Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg stated that the new law would lay the groundwork for saving lives in the long term.

At a signing ceremony on Saturday, he said, "I believe there is something that I believe a mass shooting does to the psyche of a community even if you are not directly engaged or affected. It truly affects the way you go through your everyday existence as you go through your world. " "While bills like these speak about tragedy, loss, and grief, I am here to anchor myself in hope. I'm optimistic because, as Coloradoans, one step at a time, we are making our communities safer."


Link: World News

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