Colorado Anti-Gunners Will Push Waiting Period, Safe Storage

Colorado Anti-Gunners Will Push Waiting Period, Safe Storage
Colorado and Oregon are considering “safe storage” legislation, along with other gun control measures., iStock-884190572

U.S.A.-( As freshman Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert uses the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building to underscore her desire to carry a sidearm while serving in Congress, back home Centennial State lawmakers are reportedly preparing legislation to mandate a waiting period for the purchase of a firearm, and a safe storage requirement.

The Colorado Sun reported that Democrat State Rep. Tom Sullivan will introduce the waiting period measure. It would prevent Coloradoans from purchasing and taking possession of firearms on the same day, instead imposing a waiting period “potentially of five days,” the newspaper said. According to the report, Democrat Rep. Steve Woodrow of Denver is assisting Sullivan on the bill.

Sullivan is a gun control supporter and the father of a victim of the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. The killer in that case passed background checks.

The newspaper noted Colorado Democrats held onto their legislative majority and “are emboldened to press forward with more new gun regulations.”

But do waiting periods work? A detailed account of the period leading up to the Aurora shooting at Wikipedia suggests a waiting period would not have mattered. Killer James Holmes legally purchased the guns he used in the July 20 mass shooting weeks before the attack. He bought a Glock pistol on May 22, 2012, and a Remington shotgun on May 28. On June 7, he purchased a Smith & Wesson semi-auto rifle. He was able to pass background checks all three times because he had no prior criminal record.

Another Democrat, Rep. Kyle Mullica of Northglenn, will reportedly introduce the safe storage measure. According to the Colorado Sun, his bill “would impose fines and potentially even jail time on gun owners who don’t use a safe, trigger lock or cable lock when their weapons are being stored. It also would also require gun shops to distribute trigger or cable locks with every sale or transfer of a firearm.”

By no small coincidence, anti-gun Democrat lawmakers in Salem, Oregon have already introduced “safe storage” legislation.

House Bill 2510 “Requires (the) owner or possessor of (a) firearm to secure (the) firearm with trigger or cable lock, in (a) locked container or in (a) gun room except in specified circumstances.” Violators would be punished by a fine of up to $500. In the event a minor obtains an unsecured firearm as result of the violation, the gun owner could be fined up to $2,000.

But possibly the worst of several gun control bills filed in the Oregon Legislature this year is Senate Bill 585, which would repeal the state preemption statute. This would open the way for anti-gun Beaver State politicians, in cities such as Portland, Salem or Corvallis, to set up their own gun laws. The Oregon Firearms Federation has a list of proposed gun laws on its website.

Anti-gunners have targeted preemption laws since they were first adopted in many states beginning more than 30 years ago. These statutes guarantee uniformity of the gun laws from border to border in the states where they are in force. A prime example is Washington’s law, which dates back to 1983 with an update and revision in 1985. Here’s what the Washington statute—which is also under repeated attack—says:

“The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.”

Currently, the City of Seattle is being sued by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, along with two private citizens, for adopting a “safe storage” ordinance in direct violation of Washington’s law. A similar lawsuit against the City of Edmonds won at trial.

Guns are a hot issue for a number of reasons. An admittedly anti-gun administration is coming into power with its widely reported gun control agenda. And now, thanks to a gutsy, freshly-minted congresswoman from western Colorado, the right to keep and bear arms is in the spotlight because of what occurred on Jan. 6 in the nation’s capital.

Rep. Boebert arrived in the District of Columbia intent upon carrying a sidearm for personal protection. The deadly demonstration at the Capitol brought that issue to the front burner. She was not armed on the day of the riot, but in an interview with Fox News, Boebert asserted a few other members of Congress were armed.

“And we kind of all huddled close to the ones who did” have guns, she said.

“It was just like this ‘I told you so’ moment,” Boebert said. “I wish that I would have just not listened. Because my life is worth defending. The people next to me, their lives are worth defending.”

There is no small irony in Boebert’s saga. While she has traveled to Capitol Hill in order to defend the rights of her constituents and fellow Colorado gun owners, there are efforts underway in Denver to further erode those same rights.


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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Sounds as if you were writing about California, because those infringements are already here. Democrat run states are apparently just using the golden state as a template for disarming the American people. Beware!


It would seem that if I have no small children, where and how I store a firearm within my residence, is my business. Are the CommiecRATs going to go door- to-door asking residents if they own firearms and if so, how are they stored! Another ‘feel good’ piece of BS that won’t do anything to help anyone. If I have to use a weapon in defense of my life and/or property against someone who illegally enters my home, here’s how it will happen: “I quickly unlocked the trigger lock and shot the bastard”!


It’s none of the government’s business as to where and how you store your firearm if you do have small children.

“Children” deaths due to gunshot wounds is not what the government implies.


If child safety was the goal, they would ban or at least restrict glass tables.


I agree. They would also ban hot dogs and grapes – two of the leading causes of small children choking to death. Nobody needs hot dogs and grapes. They would also ban bathtubs since so many children drown in them, and nobody needs bathtubs. They would also ban texting technology on cell phones and in cell phone infrastructure since so many vehicle crashes are caused by drivers being distracted while texting and many children die in those crashes. Nobody needs texting capability. “They” don’t care how many children die unnecessarily – they just want to ban firearms. They could also… Read more »

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RMGO used to do a few good things. Now, it simply collects money, in close association with the national money collector National Association of Gun Owners (NAGR). I have not seen either of these organizations in recent years do anything but ask for “front line defender” types of donations and talk about how they defend 2A liberty, with no other apparent action, or certainly nothing that seems likely to accomplish much. Maybe they hold group talks, to cheerlead. They are way off the radar for getting things done, these days.


I though NAGR was a anti-gun organization closely allied with the bloomberg crowd. Perhaps there is another organization with similar enough acronym that I’ve mixed them up.

As always, do your research before donating your hard earned money.


Where do you live that shooting insurgents is rewarded?


Order your BODY BAGS NOW before the rush!!!!!!!!!


Democrats held on to their majority in Colorado. The national elections illustrate how they did it, in spite of so many RINOs in Colorado who say that Colorado’s election system is the “gold standard.” Numerous bad laws have been passed in recent years to make sure that Colorado election integrity gets thoroughly undermined. We are all being sold out in this nation, and our liberties are being taken away, day by day, at the mere whim of the Communists (uh, Democrats), domestic enemies of those who still believe in this country and think that it is worth protecting. It needs… Read more »


I am so ashamed of my native state. I know many people there that believe as most of us fighting to save the Second Amendment. It is the metropolitan liberals, mostly from California, that is turning the state liberal.

Dave in Fairfax


Good luck with that, it’s been a problem for a long time.


That”s what kommiefornia will get you. They mess it up for everyone everywhere they go.


Great job Dean. Next time please add Eugene to the list. It is a college town that is as far left as it gets and they are in Lane county which is named after a military man that had slaves but because it is predominantly demonrat I guess changing the name is not required. Oregone is at it again.. We tend to be the followers of all the bad gun laws and Kate Brown our illustrious demonrat governor seems to know what is best for us and is in total agreement with our leftist commie legislature. She wants to be… Read more »


I too live in Oregon, Douglas County thankfully. We have a great sheriff here that I have confidence will do all he can to protect our rights. We are a 2nd amendment sanctuary county. Hopefully someday we will be calling our part of the State Jefferson State and out from under the liberal one party state we have now. Molon Labe


Great to have you as a neighbor fellow Douglasonian. We tried to become Idaho and that didn’t work and Yreka has been pushing for Jefferson for God knows how long and it still hasn’t happened. I don’t know if it ever will and I am ready to give up and leave here just like I did kommiefornia. The brown clown dicktater and the rest of the demonrat wrecking crew are going to screw this state up and now that the president is a demonrat we are really screwed. She will do anything he wants for the money.


I’ve lived in Oregon most my life except for 15 yrs. in the great State of Montana. I left there to be here, closer to my family. I’m starting to look for property there again. I really don’t want to move again. Starting to wish I never left there. Glad to hear you’re from Douglas Co.


Ok, Dave, sorry about that but please add Eugene they are left commie to the max.