Published On: Sun, Jun 20th, 2021

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing Cities to Set Their Own Gun-Control Laws

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on June 19 signed several gun-control bills into law, including one that allows cities and municipalities in the state the set their own gun regulation. Previous state law prohibited local governments from enacting an ordinance, regulation, or another law that prohibited the sale, purchase, or ownership of a gun. The new law now gives municipalities more jurisdiction in setting their own laws on firearms, but those regulations can’t be more lenient than Colorado state law. Declaring “that the regulation of firearms is a matter of state and local concern,” the bill says that “local law may only impose a criminal penalty for a violation upon a person who knew or reasonably should have known that the person’s conduct was prohibited.” A second measure signed by Polis requires the state’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention to carry out public awareness campaigns to “educate the general public” about firearms. The …

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