Colorado is on the cusp of passing legislation that would impose age limits and waiting periods on the purchase of firearms. This would be the first state to do so in the wake of multiple mass shootings that have occurred nationwide in recent years.
The proposed legislation would raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of any type of firearm. In addition, it would require a waiting period of five days before a firearm could be purchased. This would give law enforcement time to complete a background check and ensure that the buyer does not have any disqualifying factors that would prohibit them from owning a gun.
The bill has the support of both major political parties in the state, as well as law enforcement and gun control advocates. Supporters of the bill argue that it will help reduce gun violence by making it more difficult for people under the age of 21 to purchase a firearm.
Opponents of the bill, however, argue that it infringes on the Second Amendment rights of citizens and does not address the root cause of gun violence. They also point out that the waiting period does not apply to those who already own firearms and could be exploited by criminals.
The bill is expected to pass soon and could be signed into law by the governor as early as next week. If the bill is signed, Colorado would be the first state to pass such legislation and could set an example for other states to follow. It remains to be seen, however, if the bill will have any effect on gun violence nationwide.
In the upcoming weeks, Colorado is expected to pass legislation that would establish age limits and a five-day waiting period for the acquisition of firearms. This would be the first state to implement such measures in response to the numerous mass shootings that have occurred in recent years. Advocates of the bill contend that it could help to reduce gun violence by making it more difficult for minors to obtain guns, while opponents argue that it violates the Second Amendment and does not address the underlying causes of gun violence. Nonetheless, the bill is on track to be signed into law by the governor in the near future, and could potentially serve as a model for other states to follow.