Last week, Boulder, Colorado banned the sale and possession of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. The city’s new ban comes after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida ignited a national debate about gun control.
After the unanimous vote, Boulder now joins a few other cities and towns throughout the United State that are passing laws aimed at banning the controversial AR-15.
“My hope is that we will see more bans at the state level and one day at the federal level so these weapons will no longer be available,” Aaron Brockett reportedly, Boulder Councilman, said at the May 22 vote.
The new ordinance gives current owners of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks until July 15 to get rid of or sell them before they are no longer be permitted in Boulder, CBS News reported. While the future sales of assault weapons are now prohibited, the city included a grandfather clause to the new ordinance that will allow residents who already own these firearms to attain a certificate proving prior ownership. Residents will have a year to prove prior ownership through the Boulder Police Department in order to keep the assault weapons in their possession.
Law enforcement, government officers and military personnel are all exempt from the new ordinance.