Colorado Gun Rights

We Help Lift Eagle Gun Restrictions

Excepts from Vail Daily:

Eagle Town Board lifts gun restrictions that it says violated state law

 

EAGLE — Eagle Town Board members unanimously agreed on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to gut a regulation restricting where gun owners could carry firearms.

The board took fewer than 10 minutes to agree that the town ordinance flew in the face of state law and repealed it. The whole thing started with signs at Eagle's BMX park and open space prohibiting people from carrying firearms, mace and switchblades in those areas.

RESTRICTIONS ARE ILLEGAL

The issue came up when a client of Alpine Arms, an Eagle gun shop, asked the shop owners if the town's restrictions were legal. The Alpine Arms owners asked Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a nonprofit gun rights organization, for its opinion.

No, wrote Rocky Mountain Gun Owners attorney James Bardwell, those restrictions are not legal.

"The town's policy prohibiting possession of firearms is itself prohibited by Colorado law," Bardwell wrote in a three-page letter.

Eagle's regulations also prohibited people from openly carrying firearms in bars and said concealed weapons were prohibited, even when the owner has a concealed carry permit. That also flies in the face of state law, Bardwell wrote.

"Nothing in Colorado law makes a permit for concealed carry of a handgun invalid in a location with a license to sell liquor by the drink," Bardwell wrote.

Ed Sands, Eagle town attorney, was succinct in his legal advice to the town board.

"They are correct, and our ordinance is wrong," Sands said after Tuesday's meeting.

Eagle town board member Matt Solomon made the motion to repeal the regulations. It passed unanimously.

Continue reading full story on Vail Daily >>

Send A Senator a Valentines Card

The fight for your gun rights didn't end with the last elections. As recent votes have shown, we've gained a small amount of ground back, but not yet what voters want. This is thanks to the way the committees are controlled. That said, the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee is the most immediate front we have hope for progress. So let's send them a Valentines message that's short, sweet and to the point. We'll provide the text below, but here's the latest from the NRA-ILA: While a committee hearing has not yet been scheduled for SB 32 in the Senate Appropriations Committee, please use the contact information provided below to begin contacting members of the Committee and urging them to vote in support of SB 32.  Please also contact your state Senator and voice your support for SB 86.

Senate Bill 32, introduced by state Senator Vicki Marble (R-23), would allow all law-abiding Colorado residents to legally carry concealed without having to possess a concealed carry permit.  This bill would also keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit would still enjoy reciprocity in states around the country when legally carrying concealed.

Let's send these Senators a message. You can copy and past the following as a template for your message: Happy Valentine's Day, Senator! Like you, I love Colorado and appreciate the opportunity to vote my values in every election. The last election was particularly important to me since I prize the gun rights lost in the prior legislative session. Please remember that you represent me and my Constitutionally protected rights. I hope you will help stop gun rights bills from being tabled in the sub-committees. Again, happy Valentine's Day, enjoy it with your loved ones.

Colorado Love

Senate Appropriations Committee:

General Phone Number: (303) 866-4958

Senator Kevin Grantham (R-2), Chair
(303) 866-4877
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us

Senator Kent Lambert (R-9), Vice-Chair
(303) 866-4835
senatorlambert@comcast.net

Senator Rollie Heath (D-18)
(303) 866-4872
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us

Senator Mary Hodge (D-25)
(303) 866-4855
mary.hodge.senate@state.co.us

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-1)
(303) 866-6360
senatorsonnenberg@gmail.com

Senator Pat Steadman (D-31)
(303) 866-4861
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us

Senator Laura Woods (R-19)
(303) 866-4840
laura.woods.senate@state.co.us

Alpine Arms Joins Suit Against Gov. Hickenlooper

Suit Filed

It's time to beat Colorado's gun grabbers in court! In addition to RMGO’s plans to fight for repeal of these anti-gun laws in the Colorado Legislature, we are announcing our plans to take both of these draconian laws to court.

RMGO, working with John Sternberg, a Pueblo resident, and Matt Solomon of Alpine Arms, is filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of both HB 13-1229 (Expanded Brady Registration Checks) and HB 13-1224 (The Magazine Ban).

The simple truth is, if the anti-gunners can’t get an outright ban on all firearms, they’ll dismantle your Second Amendment rights piece by piece –- and that’s exactly what’s happening here.

This measure goes so far as to limit your ability to loan, sell, or even gift your firearm to those closest to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s for hunting, shooting at the range, or even loaning a firearm to a friend you may feel is in danger.

These laws overreach so many constitutional barriers it’s not even funny. That’s why we need your help to put a stop to this ban.

In addition to challenging expanded Brady registration checks, RMGO’s lawsuit also attacks the constitutionality of the draconian magazine ban.

You see, HB 13-1224 doesn’t just ban all magazines over 15 rounds, it also bans all magazines with a removable floor plate (nearly every magazine) that can be readily converted to hold more rounds –- something even the bill’s chief sponsor, gun-grabbing Rep. Rhonda Fields, has publicly confirmed.

To make matters worse, many firearms with fixed tube or box magazines can also be readily converted to hold more rounds than the 15-round limit, essentially banning the firearm itself.

HB 13-1224 also requires that any gun owner with “grandfathered” magazines (those purchased before July 1st, 2013) maintain “continuous possession” of that magazine.

This provision means the grandfathered owner of the magazine is strictly prohibited from ever allowing anyone to hold or use the firearm if the firearm is in a functional state –- making it impossible for firearms to be used and shared in ordinary and innocent ways.

As law-abiding gun owners, you and I both intuitively know that the ban on all magazines over 15 rounds directly and gravely harms our ability to use firearms for lawful purposes, especially self-defense.

Top notch lawyers aren't cheap, and if we are going to win, we can’t afford to hold anything back –- especially with our constitutional rights at stake.

Your support is essential if we are going to have the resources to fully fund this lawsuit. Will you do your part in helping us fight the radical anti-gun agenda and rush us an immediate contribution of $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can afford? Click here to donate TODAY!

We Correct Rohn Robbins at the Vail Daily News

In the middle of the fallout from some very poor restrictive gun laws, we can either acquiesce and complain, or we can take action.  Some actions are big and expensive, some small and conversational. All matter. Here at Alpine Arms, we are relentless in our mission to equip you not only with the guns and gear you want, but with intellectual ammo you can use. 

Case in point, when Rohn Robbins incorrectly described the nature of Colorado gun laws in the Vail Daily, Alpine Arms General Manager Matt Solomon stepped up to the plate. He wrote the following:

News and opinionRohn Robbins wrote the first part of a two-part column about firearms laws. His column was inaccurate in its description and explanation of the gun laws newly enacted in Colorado this year, as well as of previously existing gun laws. When I wrote to him informing him of the errors in that article, offering to assist him in correcting those errors and volunteering to help him avoid making similar errors in his second column, he refused to retract his false statements.

The fact that Mr. Robbins’ column was riddled with errors highlights one of the many problems with the laws he was writing about. How can ordinary citizens who live in Colorado or visit out state expect to understand these laws if even an attorney like Mr. Robbins cannot keep straight what these laws say?

Read Matt's letter at the Vail Daily, and follow up with your own comment. As always, lets set the tone clearly yet courteously.

Eagle County Politics

For better or worse, politics impacts virtually every area of living in Eagle County Colorado or anywhere else. Stay informed with Alpine Arms!

Eagle CountyPerhaps a good place to start the conversation is with Constitutional concerns. Our representatives swear the following oath upon taking office: 

I, (name) , do solemnly swear that I will uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Colorado, and that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God. 
We need to make sure our Constitution remains true to its intent, and our representatives true to their oath.


I, (name) , do solemnly swear that I will uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Colorado, and that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God. 

I, (name) , do solemnly swear that I will uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Colorado, and that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God. 

I, (name) , do solemnly swear that I will uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Colorado, and that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God. 

Representative Mitsch Bush

Press Release:

Representative Diane Mitsch Bush “Comes First” and Refuses to Apologize

Eagle, Colorado (April 18, 2013) – On March 10, 2013, the question was posed to Representative Mitsch Bush that “You are in a hard spot. You represent us, within the [confines] of the Constitution, but you also have an obligation to your Party and you hear it from every direction... how do you keep track of the people you represent and their voice…?”

In response, Representative Mitsch Bush stated, “Before I directly answer your question about how I keep track of my constituents, let me tell you how I look at what I do… I vote first for my conscience. I vote second – a close second – to my constituents.” She completely omitted any reference to the Constitution and boldly stated that her conscience comes before that of the people she represents.

This statement, along with the remainder of the Town Hall meeting, was recorded. Nowhere in this statement does she mention the Constitution. It was from this documented statement that Alpine Arms posted a short blurb in its newsletter.

In the Eagle County Democrats newsletter, dated March 21, 2013, and in several emails from Representative Mitsch Bush, we believe that libelous statements were made. Matt Solomon, representing both himself and Alpine Arms, wrote a request to the Democrat Committee and Representative Mitsch Bush requesting a public retraction and apology. This request was ignored by both parties.

The VIDEO of Representative Mitsch Bush making this statement and the full AUDIO of the Town Hall meeting discussion on March 10, 2013, is available online. Also available is a Colorado Grassroots Radio interview with Solomon and all of the email exchanges, the Democrat Committee Newsletter, and the most recent letter sent to Representative Mitsch Bush and the Committee.

www.AlpineArms.com/Politics

Listen, read, and decide for yourself whether your interests, as a citizen of House District 26, are being properly represented. Is this a National issue? Is this how the representatives in other Districts and States feel? Solomon says, “The fact that the Democrat’s Committee took it upon themselves to attack both myself and Alpine Arms with no regard for the truth speaks volumes.”

Please assist us in getting the word out that not only does our State Representative feel that she represents herself first, but she, in an effort to cover up her true motives, is not afraid to distort the truth and attempt to pressure and discredit her constituents that disagree with her. For more information about this incident, feel free to contact Alpine Arms: politics@AlpineArms.com.