Club Q Shooting Prompts Potential for ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban in Colorado

Colorado Democrats are pushing to overhaul the state’s gun laws with an “assault weapons” ban and some changes to their red flag law, among other tweaks, in the wake of the Club Q shooting.

State Senate President Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) is pursuing these proposals, the Colorado Sun reports.

“Pretty much everything is on the table,” Sen. Fenberg told the publication.  “The question now is: What seems like a priority?”

Democrats return to the Colorado Capitol in January with majorities in both the House and Senate. There is mounting public pressure to act on a legislative level after the mass shooting at Club Q where five people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded on Nov. 19.

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The attack was allegedly carried out by a 22-year-old shooter with a semi-automatic rifle.

Adam Shore, who helps run the lobbying arm of the nonprofit Colorado Ceasefire, says that while mental health is a concern that needs to be addressed, so do “assault weapons.”

“[Colorado needs] to get to the root of what is driving these individuals to kill others, while simultaneously reducing the mayhem by ensuring that these weapons of war are confined to where they truly belong — the battlefield,” said Shore.

Aside from prohibitions on modern sporting rifles, Colorado is weighing the options of tightening the state’s red flag laws — which temporarily disarm people who are accused, not convicted, of being a threat to the public or themselves.

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Fenberg went on to say that he supports the proposed overhaul and is prepared to broker those changes with Republicans.

However, he acknowledged to the Colorado Sun the difficulty that comes with banning so-called “assault weapons.” As first lawmakers have to define precisely what they are and then decide whether they’re going to confiscate those “assault weapons” already in circulation.

“I’ve always said that I support an assault weapons ban. I don’t think in this day and age it makes sense that people can purchase weapons of war. It’s something (where) we have to make sure the policy is right. I think there’s still ongoing conversations about what the policy would be,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the gun divide, Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, issued a stern warning to Colorado’s pro-gun control politicians.

“Gun prohibitionist Democrats in Colorado are aiming to be sued,” said Gottlieb in an email to GunsAmerica. “The Second Amendment Foundation will accommodate them.”

As always, stay tuned for updates.

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  • Jerry December 18, 2022, 12:44 pm

    “Weapons of war” my ass. Look up the difference between SEMI-automatic & FULL automatic you dumb ass politicians. Funny you can’t define “assault rifle” but you apparently know what a weapon of war is! Using the same rationale of calling an MSR an assault rifle/weapon of war ( they don’t know what an assault rifle is. But a MSR is one and therefore a weapon of war?) is the same as taking an old VW chassis, putting a ferrari F1 look-alike body on it and calling that vehicle a formula 1 racer Ron White said it best “you can’t fix stupid”. When was the last time a criminal obeyed the law?

  • Mike Colordo December 16, 2022, 1:27 pm

    Welcome to Oregon 2.0 where the front range controls everything or should I say California 2.0.

  • Freds Guns December 16, 2022, 11:09 am

    “…ensuring that these weapons of war are confined to where they truly belong — the battlefield,” said Shore.”

    Maybe start with law enforcement if you feel that way.

  • 2wheelexplorer December 16, 2022, 8:56 am

    We already have a 15rd magazine limit here in CO…has that stopped any number of mass shooters yet? Of course not…just like the lefty geniuses in Boulder who went and passed a city wide assault weapon ban, these laws are completely pointless and unenforceable (but…we have to DO something!!! Right?).

    • Ti December 16, 2022, 5:48 pm

      Remember that dumbass was Jill Adler Grano. Another progressive transplant to this fair state. I believe she works as the token LGBTQ+ representative for the Californian transplant token congressman Joe Neguse rep in Boulder County.

    • Ti December 17, 2022, 11:14 am

      Let’s try this again. The Boulder Assault Weapons Ban was spearheaded by former Boulder City Council Member Jill Adler Grano after the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School shooting. A progressive transplant from back east, now playing mover and shaker in Boulder, Colorado. She is now working for the California transplant token congressman Joe Neguse in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district as the token LGBTQ+ representative in his office. OF COURSE THEY WILL TRY ANOTHER AWB!

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