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Boulder County Commissioners consider new gun ordinances focused on age, waiting periods


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    BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado (KCNC) — Boulder County officials were working Tuesday to approve new gun ordinances. Several changes are being discussed, including the age limit to buy a gun in Boulder County.

That change would require a potential buyer be at least 21 years old to purchase a gun in the county. Also, no one could sell a gun to a person under 21.

The other ordinance under consideration would be a law requiring a waiting period before the sale of firearms. This would give law enforcement enough time to perform a background check, and to also provide a “cooling off” period to guard against any impulsive acts of violence.

County commissioners refer to a study saying that having a waiting period to delay the purchase of a gun can reduce homicides by 17%.

As for raising the gun age limit to 21 to purchase a gun, county commissioners say people 18 to 21 commit homicides at rates four times higher than those 21 and older.

The virtual commissioners meeting was scheduled for 10:30 am.

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