Colorado has joined the ranks of a number of states that have moved to end gun control laws in their states following mass shootings that killed 20 and wounded hundreds of others.
Colorado has banned the possession of handguns and the use of assault weapons in public places, while other states have passed measures that would require licensed dealers to inform customers when a gun is being sold.
The Colorado Independent reported on Thursday that a state judge in the state has blocked a similar measure in Colorado from taking effect.
The law would have required licensed dealers who sell guns to individuals to alert the purchaser and notify the police, or the seller could face a misdemeanor charge of “felony failure to comply”.
In a statement, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said:”The Bureau has received reports of a possible increase in the number of firearms purchased in Colorado.
In response, the Bureau has advised that those who have been licensed by the Bureau may be required to notify law enforcement and the Colorado Department of Public Safety of any firearms that have been purchased in their possession.”
The Colorado Attorney General’s office said it was reviewing the ruling, and that it was unlikely to take any further action.
“Our offices are reviewing the court’s ruling and taking all appropriate legal action,” it said.
In November, the New York Times reported that New York had passed a law requiring all gun dealers to tell customers when their guns were being sold, in order to ensure that the sale of guns does not go unreported.
“If you buy one, we want to know,” a dealer told the newspaper.
“You should be able to see it on the receipt.
You shouldn’t have to explain it.”
In the wake of the December 14 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested that a “bipartisan” group of congressmen could pass a gun control bill.
However, in the hours after the Orlando shooting, some Republican politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that such legislation was unlikely.
A number of Republican senators have also suggested that the Orlando shootings were a case of an individual who had a mental illness or who had made a bad decision.