Sheriffs explain suit against gun laws during Glenwood Springs presentation |

Sheriffs explain suit against gun laws during Glenwood Springs presentation

Drew Munro
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Drew Munro / Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The road show staged by some of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn two of the gun-control laws passed by the Colorado Legislature this year made a stop here Wednesday night.

Four of the 54 Colorado county sheriffs who are plaintiffs in the suit — including Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario — drew enthusiastic responses from the crowd in the Devereaux Room at the Hotel Colorado. Officials with the Independence Institute, the Denver-area think tank that sponsored the event and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said 125 $5 tickets had been presold and dozens more were purchased at the door.

Among local officials in attendance were District 57 state Rep. Rob Rankin, R-Carbondale, Garfield County Commissioner John Martin and District 8 state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey. In the spirit of the evening, Baumgardner was wearing a holstered semiautomatic pistol in plain view on his belt.

“Gun owners … for the first time are beginning to push back,” said Independence Institute President John Caldara in opening remarks, to raucous applause.

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