Thursday, November 12, 2020
Loveland, CO - Yesterday, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (“RMGO”) and their attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to the Pitkin County Attorney and Commissioners, demanding they reverse the unlawful gun ban instituted Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
“The law is extremely clear when it comes to banning firearms; local governments can’t do it,” said Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.
“It is a real shame the elected commissioners of Pitkin County have decided to go against their oath and enact this unlawful gun ban,” said Rhodes. “I can assure you RMGO won’t back down from this fight, especially considering it is so apparent they are in the wrong.”
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has a long history of defeating unlawful gun bans. In 2010, RMGO successfully defeated the Colorado State University campus gun ban, which forced the Colorado community college network to follow suit. RMGO also played a role in defeating Colorado University’s gun ban, as the Colorado Supreme Court ruled the university had no right to regulate permitted carriers.
RMGO’s letter to Pitkin County cited C.RS § 18-12-214, which says that a local government does not have the authority to adopt or enforce an ordinance or resolution that would ban firearms from government property without following specific criteria. As of today, Pitkin County does not meet those standards.
“Far too often, local leaders believe they can play fast and loose with our constitutional rights with no repercussions. I want to make this clear -- RMGO will hold them accountable,” said Rhodes.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is Colorado’s largest pro-gun organization, with over 200,000 members and supporters statewide.