Biden-appointed judge strikes down new Colorado gun laws

In a decision which is sure to infuriate Democrats, a federal judge appointed by President Joe Biden moved to block gun restrictions in a Colorado county. 

Laws banned assault weapons, raised the age to purchase a weapon

According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Court Judge Charlotte Sweeney issued a restraining order last Tuesday which prohibits Boulder County from enforcing a slew of recently passed gun laws.

The Daily Camera reported on August 2 that Boulder County Commissioners enacted a ban on the sale, transfer and purchase of so-called assault weapons.

What’s more, the commissioners raised the age to purchase firearms and imposed a mandatory waiting period for those seeking to acquire a new weapon.

Gloria Handyside serves as a spokesperson for Boulder County, and she said in a statement that local lawmakers aren’t ready to give up.

“The county plans to present a defense of its ordinance, along with the municipal ordinances, at a preliminary injunction hearing,” the Associated Press quoted Handyside as saying.

“At the hearing, the county will demonstrate that its assault weapons ordinance is constitutionally sound,” she went on to add.

The Associated Press noted that Boulder County was challenged in court by a pro-2nd Amendment group called Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. It has filed similar lawsuits against the City of Boulder, the City of Louisville, and the Town of Superior.

The Supreme Court has expanded its recognition of gun rights

Tuesday’s decision comes following a major decision by the Supreme Court earlier this year which found that there is a constitutional right to bear arms in public.

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, the Court found that New York state’s requirement that concealed handgun permit applicants show they had “proper cause” to carry a weapon was unconstitutional.

“This decision is a big deal,” the left-leaning website FiveThirtyEight said at the time. “Previously, the court had only said that the Constitution protected the ability to have a gun inside the home for self-defense.”

“In that decision, which came down in 2008, the justices didn’t rule on how guns carried outside the home could be regulated. It took almost 15 years for the justices to come back to that question, but now they have.”