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It’s time to say goodbye to your “Saturday Night Special.” In a tie vote today, the Colorado Supreme Court let stand a 2004 decision by Denver District Court Judge Joseph Meyer, III, that allowed Denver’s ban against assault weapons to trump state law.
The 3-3 vote, with new Justice Allison Eid abstaining, settled a high-profile fight between Colorado’s largest city and state officials over two state laws enacted in 2003. They pre-empted any local regulation of firearms in favor of uniform state regulation. The city of Denver sued the state, claiming the laws violated its rights as a home-rule city – in effect, its ability to regulate matters of local concern1 Year of 5280 for justSubscribe Today »
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Since the Justices were split, the Judge Meyer’s ruling controls. Gun rights advocates didn’t lose entirely, however, as another part of Judge Meyer’s ruling was in their favor.
… he said the city cannot regulate the transportation of guns in cars, and said people with state-approved concealed-weapons permits can carry their guns into city parks.