Boulder to Pursue ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban After State Preemption Law Repealed

Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference at the Governor's Man
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Leaders in Boulder, Colorado, will seek an “assault weapons” ban for their city after Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a repeal of the state’s preemption law.

Preemption laws mandate that cities and municipalities are barred from enacting gun control which is more stringent than that at the state level.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Polis signed the repeal on Saturday.

Boulder enacted a ban in 2018, only to have it blocked by a County District Judge earlier this year. The judge’s ruling was in light of preemption.

Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver (D) believes the “assault weapons” ban will now go into effect, but also indicated that if the “city needs to take any other steps to enforce the ban, it will do so.”

California has an “assault weapons” ban, and nine people were killed in San Jose in a mass shooting on May 26, 2021.

New York has an “assault weapons” ban and on May 8, 2021, the Daily Mail reported that “shooting incidents in New York City are up 83 percent from last year, and 94 percent from 2019.”

Chicago sits in Cook County, which has an “assault weapons” ban. Yet the Chicago Tribune points out a total of 1,587 people were shot January 1, 2021, through June 14, 2021.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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