Colorado Gun Owners Ignoring New Assault Weapons Ban

Gun owners in Boulder, Colorado, (many of whom are liberals) are widely ignoring a new assault weapons ban enacted by the city by refusing to comply.

The city fathers recently banned “assault weapons” inside the city limits and then expected all gun owners to turn in their suddenly “illegal” firearms.

But it turns out, residents aren’t much interested in obeying this new law.

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Firstly, Boulder is widely known as a very liberal town. But even the lefties living there are not very happy with the gun ban. And a movement of mass non-compliance has sprung up to defy the gun ban.

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According to the 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 city fathers passed an ordinance that “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.”

The city also insisted that these eeeevil guns need to be moved out of town, disabled, or handed over to police.

But according to the paper: “Judging by the numbers, however, most Boulder firearms owners have chosen to do none of the above, albeit quietly.”

But some have chosen not to be quiet about it. Some are banding together and publicly defying the city’s un-American move.

Some residents have launched a “we will not comply” movement.

Other Boulderites are making their objections known in different ways. A Boulder business owner provided Ms. Hollywood’s group with T-shirts and yellow car stickers with the message, “We Will Not Comply,” which have popped up on vehicles, guitar cases, even rifle bags.

A rally in April before the council’s vote drew more than 500 supporters to downtown Boulder.

“That was a neat protest because it really brought out people from Boulder,” Ms. Hollywood said. “People you would never expect to be gun owners were standing there, the gun-toting hippies, basically, saying, ‘Why are you guys doing this to us? We didn’t do anything wrong, and now you’re coming after us.’ “

If even liberals are doing this, maybe we have more allies on that side than we think?

Fingers crossed.

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