‘Appalled’ commissioners vote to block new gun laws in Weld County

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — At the urging of over two dozen of their constituents, a group of Weld County commissioners approved an ordinance aiming to shield their county from new gun laws.

According to the Greeley Tribune, the ordinance would prohibit the board from restricting the Second Amendment rights of Weld County residents. The new state laws signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in March, requiring background checks for private and online gun sales and limiting ammunition magazines size, do infringe on those rights, according to this Weld County ordinance.

If passed, the Weld County ordinance would prohibit the commissioners from enacting similar county ordinances, as well as any ordinances that might require fees related to firearms, specialized training to own a firearm, limits to which citizens can possession a firearm or limits to where someone can carry a firearm in unincorporated Weld County.

More than anything, the commission’s efforts appear to be an ideological response to the state’s new gun laws. State and federal law prevents the county commission from enacting any ordinance to keep a state law from applying in Weld County. This proposed ordinance by the county would only prohibit the commissioners from enacting any new gun control measures that specifically relate to Weld County.

“We are all, quite frankly, appalled in terms of what the General Assembly has done this year with the Second Amendment,” Conway said.

The new Weld County ordinance, which was crafted after the commission heard from approximately 30 angry Weld County residents, will go through two more public hearings, on May 22 and June 10, before it can be finalized by the commission.

The Weld County Commissioners’ commitment to protest the state’s new gun laws may not end there, either, as Conway said the county may be interested in joining a lawsuit against the state to overturn the gun laws pass in March. That lawsuit was spearheaded by Weld County Sheriff John Cooke.