Boulder police to again use discretion in enforcing open carry at downtown gun rally

Boulder police to again use discretion in enforcing open carry at downtown gun rally

‘Rally for Our Rights’ comes in wake of Boulder’s assault-weapon ban Paisley Hollywood, 10, and her mothers Lesley, of Johnston, were among 200 people participating in a pro-gun "Rally for Our Rights" in downtown Boulder on April 21. A similar rally is set for Saturday. ( Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer ) If you go What: "Rally for Our Rights" When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Broadway and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder Boulder police again plan to use discretion in enforcing open-carry rules during Saturday’s planned "Rally for Our Rights" downtown, pointing to a possible repeat of a similar pro-gun protest in April at which demonstrators were allowed to wield weapons in violation of the city’s laws. "The Boulder Police Department has contacted event coordinators to reiterate city open-carry laws," spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said in an emailed statement Thursday. "Officers will monitor Saturday’s event and allow participants to express their constitutional rights, while protecting the public safety for attendees and the community." Boulder statutes prohibit the open carry of a firearm unless it’s contained in a carrying case, which could mean a holster for handguns, or a clearly marked container for rifles. At the first "Rally for Our Rights" in April , police chose not to arrest or cite several protesters carrying un-cased AR-15s — a move city officials said was designed "to avoid conflict." Responding to a more direct question about whether officers will allow protesters to carry weapons in violation of the law on Saturday, Aulabaugh would […]

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