DENVER — Hundreds turned out at the Capitol Saturday to take a stand against four gun bills making their way through the Colorado legislature.
It was called the “Day of Resistance 2-23 Rally.” The event was part of a nationwide pro-Second Amendment gathering.
State Patrol estimated the crowd at about 400 people. All of them were passionate about protecting what they see as an assault against the Second Amendment.
The Day of Resistance was directed at democratic lawmakers pushing four gun bills that some said will endanger public safety.
“It’s a very sad day for women, for families, for men, for Colorado, for the U.S.,” said Broomfield’s Republican Senator Vicki Marble.
“They’re overreaching. They’re unnecessary. They don’t address the problem. They’re designed to control us,” said featured rally speaker Mike Holler.
The bills would require background checks on private gun sales, make gun buyers pay for background checks, limit gun magazines to 15 rounds, and ban concealed weapons on college campuses.
“You feel scared. I don’t want to go through every day feeling scared and not being able to protect myself,” said Aims Community College student Amy Gartrell . She worries about giving up her gun at school if the concealed weapons bill passes.
Others say change is necessary because keeping the status quo does not make us safer.
A few miles away, a group of 150 people debated how to reduce gun violence at the 2040 Health Summit. They didn’t take sides, but said some change is necessary.
“For all those people protesting the issues submitted by the House, I think it’s unreasonable for them to believe that doing nothing is going to address this problem,” said Rev. Reginald Holmes of New Covenant Christian Church.
The group said the four bills are a start, but won’t totally solve the controversial problems.
Back at the Capitol, Republican support may miss its target.
“We need six Democrats on the Senate side to come over and join in with Republicans. I don’t see this happening,” said Sen. Marble.
Senate committees begin debating the bills the first week in March.