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Broomfield Council to hold 2nd study session on proposed gun laws

City and county staff are preparing to present the latest information about the proposed gun ordinances.
Broomfield City Council at a regular Council meeting Oct. 11, 2022.

Broomfield City Council is set to hold a second study session on the city and county’s proposed gun ordinances.

The session, which is scheduled after the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, follows two executive sessions that were held this month to discuss legal issues with the proposed gun laws. 

City and county staff then decided not to bring forward drafts of the following proposed ordinances:

  • Banning the possession and sale of large-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
  • Prohibiting concealed carry in public spaces that aren’t owned and operated by the city and county.

The proposed ordinances aren’t being brought forward “in light of the pending litigation on the same subject matter involving neighboring communities,” a City Council memo said.

Boulder County, Boulder, Superior and Louisville all face lawsuits over their new gun laws. Courts in Superior and Boulder County issued temporary restraining orders to halt enforcement of the laws.

“The challenged portions of ordinances are limited to the assault weapon bans and the large capacity magazine bans,” the Broomfield City Council memo read.

The following proposed laws will be presented during the study session, with the latest revisions in italics:

  • Banning the possession and sale of rapid-fire trigger activators. 
  • Establishing the minimum age of 21 to possess a firearm. 
  • Regulating possession of firearms without serial numbers.
  • Requiring signs and educational notifications at businesses in any site where gun sales or transfers occur. 
  • Requiring a 10-day waiting period and proof of training/experience before the sale of guns, with an exception for domestic violence victims.
  • Prohibiting the open carry of firearms in public places.
  • Prohibiting concealed carry in places owned and operated by the city and county.

The first study session on the proposed gun ordinances was held Sept. 20, and in a rare move, City Council accepted public comment during the session. Some attendees said they support the stricter gun laws because they will make Broomfield safer. Other community members said the ordinances would only restrict responsible gun owners, not those who commit crimes.

Broomfield City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the George Di Ciero City and County Building, 1 DesCombes Drive. The second study session on the proposed gun ordinances is scheduled after this week’s meeting.