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BOULDER, Colo. – Boulder is moving forward with plans to enact an ordinance that would ban so-called “assault” weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines in the city.
The city council voted unanimously in favor of the ban during its first reading Thursday night. The council will continue to discuss the issue and is likely to vote on it at least one more time before the ordinance is enacted.
More than 150 people signed up to speak at Thursday night’s council meeting, voicing opinions in favor and opposed to the ban.
“I feel that banning assault rifles entirely is taking it too far, particularly I'm bothered by the registration aspect of it,” one speaker said, referencing a proposal that people who already own assault weapons would have to register them with Boulder police.
A young woman who was in favor of the ban spoke about how students and teachers often live in fear of gun violence.
“My class time is eaten up by the fact that there’s a very real fear a person with a firearm will enter my school to harm myself and my peers,” she said.