Lafayette City Council voted to adopt a package of gun safety laws on Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of Boulder, Louisville and Superior.

The four laws passed include Ordinance No. 20, which will regulate the possession of unserialized firearms; Ordinance No. 21, which will require signage to be posted outside gun shops; Ordinance No. 22, which will prohibit the open carrying of firearms in public places; and Ordinance No. 23, which will prohibit the carrying of firearms on city property.

Lafayette’s gun safety legislation does not include laws banning assault weapons, raising the age of purchase to 21 or enforcing mandatory wait times.

The absence of such proposals were a matter of contention among some members of the community.

Lafayette resident Peggy Darah pointed out that Lafayette’s gun legislation was inconsistent with laws passed recently by nearby municipalities.

“I’m a little disappointed that Lafayette did not follow Boulder, Louisville, and Superior’s lead and include a waiting period on gun sales,” Darah said. “You didn’t increase the age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21, and you didn’t ban all assault rifles. I hope you are not done with Lafayette’s firearm regulations, and truly hope you all can agree to pass the ones you have on the table today,” she added.

Gala Orba of Lafayette also expressed concern about the suite of laws, echoing Darah’s testimony.

“These ordinances are a great start, but I don’t know why we’re not talking about raising the minimum age here in Lafayette, and I don’t really know why we’re not talking about the assault ban today. What is Lafayette waiting for? Please help prevent a shooting here. Please be proactive and not reactive,” Orba said.

When it came down to the vote, City Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 20, Ordinance No. 21, and Ordinance No. 22 without much discussion.

However, the final ordinance — No. 23 — in the gun safety package did not meet unanimous approval, with Counselor Nicole Samson and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Wong voted no.

Wong had expressed earlier in the meeting that the definition of “city property” in the ordinance was too broad, and that the ordinance should be more specific to allow concealed-carry permit holders to be able to walk with firearms on streets, sidewalks, trails and open space.

Wong’s proposal was met with disagreement from some members of the public in the room.

“Where I’m coming from here is that I’m trying to craft a set of policies that appease everyone. That’s what I’m trying to do,” Wong said in defense of his proposal. “There’s another side to this issue … If we want to solve this, it’s about us coming together. I’ve been supportive of every one of these measures, but I want to convey that I’ve also got another group of residents that I’m considering,” Wong added.

According to the Lafayette Municipal Code, the four ordinances will go into effect ten days after Tuesday night’s second reading approval.

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