The unanimous vote at Tuesday night's council meeting came amid a national push for tougher gun-control laws in response the deadly February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, but foes blasted the measure as unconstitutional and pointless.
"This ban is tantamount to Boulder attempting to stop drunk driving by banning Subarus", said foundation attorney Cody J. Wisniewski. The foundation named virtually the entire city government from the mayor and city manager to the city council and chief of police as defendants, arguing the ordinance violates not only the state and U.S. Constitution but also at least two Colorado statutes. "It accomplishes nothing other than making criminals of law-abiding citizens".
A Colorado city is headed to federal court over a ban on the sale and possession of guns deemed to be "assault weapons" as well as bump stocks and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
A legal group plans to challenge the ban on the sale or possession of assault weapons in Boulder.
The only exceptions will be for law enforcement, governmental officers and military personnel.
The measure also allows for the grandfathering of semi-automatic rifles whose owners can prove that they bought the firearms before the ban was enacted.
"Because it reflects the values of a majority of our community", they said in the Daily Camera op-ed. Otherwise, they'll have to remove them from the city or make them unusable. "And because it's the right thing to do". "And yet it will nearly certainly provoke both sides of a highly-charged, emotional issue to stand up on their hind legs in righteous indignation".