Beginning next week, a new law in Colorado will go into effect, preventing individuals under the age of 21 from purchasing firearms. However, there will be exceptions for active military personnel, peace officers, and individuals certified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training board. Local gun shops and shooting ranges have expressed concerns about the potential impact on their profits, but their primary worry is that young people may be left unable to defend themselves.
The legality of this law has been challenged, with gun advocacy groups, such as the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, filing lawsuits against Governor Jared Polis and the State of Colorado. They argue that the law is unconstitutional, pointing out that if individuals can vote at age 18, they should also have the right to purchase firearms.
On the other hand, the sponsors of the legislation emphasize that the main objective is to protect young people, rather than criminalize responsible gun owners. The law is aimed at addressing issues like youth suicide and domestic violence. Supporters believe that restricting access to firearms will ultimately enhance public safety since easy access to guns can potentially result in harmful outcomes for both young individuals and the community as a whole.