Colorado judge rejects Boulder’s ban on AR-15s, ‘large capacity’ magazines

Colorado judge rejects Boulder’s ban on AR-15s, ‘large capacity’ magazines
AR-15s in different lengths and classifications (7.5" barrel pistol at bottom). YouTube video (Steep Kuntry Outoors)

[Ed. – The Boulder bans are tighter than state regulations and the state doesn’t allow that.  Sorry about the scare quotes; just can’t bring myself to label “more than 10 rounds” as “large capacity” without them.]

A judge struck down Boulder, Colorado’s ban on the possession of AR-15s and magazines holding more than 10 rounds on Monday. 

Colorado state judge Andrew Hartman ruled the city’s gun ban violated the state’s preemption law, which prevents localities from imposing gun regulations above and beyond state law. Judge Hartman’s ruling declares the ordinance invalid and immediately bars the city from enforcing the ban.  

The ruling is the latest in a string of victories for gun advocates who have used state preemption laws to overturn strict local gun regulations. A Washington court struck down a local ordinance on gun storage in February 2021, and a Pennsylvania court struck down Pittsburgh’s attempt to regulate the use of AR-15s inside city limits in October 2019.

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