On May 15, 2018 the Boulder City Council in Colorado unanimously passed a ban on assault weapons. The new law prohibits the sale and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons, magazines with high-capacity ammunition magazines, and bump stocks. Existing hi-cap mags and bump stocks will have to be disposed of or sold by July 15. Existing assault weapons will be grandfathered, but owners must obtain a certificate proving prior ownership before the end of 2018.
Less than a month after the city council vote, however, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle is trying to take the area backwards. HIs office is requesting permission to store assault rifles in two “remote” schools in the county, a high school and a middle school. The St. Vrain Valley School District board would have to approve the proposal.
Many parents in the community are questioning the safety of storing assault weapons in schools with children present. Others are asking what good it could possibly do in the rare event that a shooting occurs. The average school shooting is over in 5-7 minutes. Whatever the case, Boulder County officers already carry assault weapons in their patrol vehicles. Their current request is risky and unnecessary.
Please contact Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle through one of the channels listed below:
Sheriff Pelle, I was deeply disappointed to learn that your office is requesting permission to store assault weapons in two schools, a middle school and a high school, particularly so soon after the city council of Boulder rejected these dangerous firearms unanimously. You are preparing to take your community in the wrong direction via this unnecessary escalation of force. Escalation will always lead to more violence, not less. If your office truly cares about stopping bullets from injuring and killing children in Boulder County schools, get your officers to Denver and lobby the Colorado state legislature for reforms that will keep school shooters from immediately and easily accessing firearms belonging to their parents and other family members/guardians. That should include safe storage requirements for firearms in homes with children and real criminal penalties for adults who fail to comply with these requirements. We are TIRED of firearms idolatry and escalation of violence. It’s time to move in a better, more moral, and safer direction.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle
Phone: (303) 441-3600
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