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Boulder is one step closer to banning so-called 'assault' weapons

Posted at 7:17 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 09:17:17-04

BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move ahead with banning so-called "assault" weapons.

The proposal will be heard a third time in the coming weeks. The meeting went late into the night on Tuesday.

The ordinance as it's proposed would ban the possession of certain types of semi-automatic rifles and center-fire pistols.

City council made some additions to the ordinance that focused on people who already own guns that would be banned under the new ordinance.

Those gun owners would be grandfathered in. The city would require a title on the gun for existing owners.

The titles would be on paper so electronic records couldn't be hacked. The title would have the gun owner's name and the serial number of the gun.

City council stressed the word "certify" rather than "register."

City council also talked about upping the minimum age to buy all guns from 18 years old to 21 years old. Hunters and people who take gun safety classes would be exempt.

The date of sellers to stop selling banned weapons would most likely be at the end of 2018.

Bump stocks and high-capacity magazines would also be phased out over time.