Tuesday, August 19, 2003

More on the Colorado Springs city council that is afraid of armed citizens.

"The Colorado Springs City Council has waffled on its stated position of favoring open carry and concealed carry in city buildings, and residents should be none too happy, according to the Libertarian Party of El Paso County. The council voted 5-4 today, with the mayor breaking the tie, to ban open carry of firearms in city-owned buildings. Voting for the measure were four Republicans and one Democrat, and voting against it were four other Republicans.

Prior to the April election, all of the current City Council, excluding the lone Democrat, responded to candidate surveys, indicating in a positive manner that they would support open and concealed carry of firearms in city buildings. Since then that resolve has been tested by one citizen, Dan Ortega, who has carried a dissembled and unloaded shotgun to two Council meetings, making Council members unjustifiably nervous."

All this despite a provision in the Colorado Constitution that states "...The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons."
& lete's not overlook this little gem: "...Inalienable rights.All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness."

Perhaps the Colorado Springs city council should do a little reading of the Colorado Constitution.

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