Pro-Second Amendment activists rally in Longmont

Concern expressed that Boulder’s assault weapons ban could spread Jeremy McReynolds works on a placard during the Rally for our Rights in Longmont on Saturday afternoon. Demonstrators, some of whom were carrying firearms, were rallying to show their support of Second Amendment rights. (John Bear / Camera staff) Pro-Second Amendment demonstrators crowded around four corners of the intersection at Hover Street and Nelson Road in Longmont on Saturday, a continuation of numerous gatherings organized by the online community "Rally for our Rights." Activists carried pro-gun placards and waived American flags and the yellow "Don’t Tread on Me" Gadsden flags which have become associated with libertarians and supporters of gun rights. "Not everyone agrees with the anti-gun sentiment that’s taken over the nation," organizer Lesley Hollywood of Johnstown said. "Criminals are the problem, not law abiding citizens." Many of the demonstrators were carrying firearms, including AR-15 style semiautomatic rifles. Longmont Deputy Police Chief Jeff Satur said that police had received some calls from people concerned about the weapons, but police hadn’t taken any action because it is legal — with exceptions for city buildings and some parks — to open carry in Longmont, as long as it’s not done in a threatening manner. "Sometimes these people carry in a way that causes alarm," Satur said. "I’m not sure they are doing any favors to their cause doing that. People have a right to carry, but you have to think about your presentation." Numerous demonstrations associated with Rally for our Rights […]

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