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Judge allows Colorado gun-reform law to stay in place while lawsuit continues


A federal judge on Monday rejected a gun-rights group’s attempt to block Colorado’s new waiting period for purchases while a broader lawsuit challenging the rule winds its way through the court system.

U.S. District Court Judge John Kane ruled that the new law — which requires Coloradans purchasing a firearm to wait at least three days before taking possession of the weapon — does not violate the Second Amendment or recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that put new limits on gun-reform measures. It was the second time this year that a court denied a request for an injunction against enforcing Colorado’s waiting period law.

Supporters billed the waiting period measure as a way to avert suicides. Kane wrote that the potential lives saved by the law outweighed any harm to gun purchasers who would be forced to wait a few days.

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