LAFAYETTE, Colo. June 23, 2022 – The Lafayette City Council approved four firearm ordinances on their second reading Tuesday, June 22. The ordinances will go into effect Friday, July 1. The firearm laws are intended to expand the City’s ability to prevent gun violence within the community.
The four regulations that passed included Ordinance No. 20, Series 2022 prohibiting the possession of unfinished frames and receivers and unserialized firearms, also known as “ghost guns;” Ordinance No. 21, Series 2022 requiring firearms dealers to post signage at points of-sale warning of the risks of having a firearm in the home; Ordinance No. 22, Series 2022 prohibiting open carrying of firearms in public places throughout the City; and Ordinance No. 23, Series 2022 prohibiting open or concealed carrying of firearms on City property.
Last year, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 21-256 lifting the state preemption on certain firearm regulations. Absent certain conditions, local governments may now regulate the sale, purchase, transfer, or possession of a firearm, ammunition, or firearm component or accessory. The bill was among several introduced in the aftermath of the March 22, 2021 mass shooting at a King Soopers in Boulder. At the meeting on June 7, 2022, Lafayette City Council also passed a resolution urging the Colorado legislature to enact statewide laws to address gun violence and prevention.
“City Council has chosen to pass a series of ordinances that limit access to a weapon and has urged the Colorado government to take future actions,” Mayor JD Mangat. “We have chosen to stand side-by-side with our neighboring municipalities pursuing stronger gun control measures to protect Lafayette and our residents.”