Rocky Mountain Gun Owners vs. small town library?
WINDSOR — It’s shaping up to be a small town showdown straight out of an old West tale: gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is threatening to wage a legal battle on its own turf against the Clearview Library District in Windsor, where RMGO is also based.
The dust-up was spurred when librarians asked mother Erika Sattler to leave the Windsor-Severance Library after another patron noticed Sattler’s concealed handgun. Librarians apparently advised Sattler that guns are prohibited at the library unless being carried by law enforcement. Sattler gathered up her children and departed, but while she may have lost the battle RMGO has rallied to help her win the war.
The gun-rights group sprang into action Tuesday, notifying the library district that Colorado state law allows people to carry concealed weapons lots of places, including libraries, and demanding that they change the rules during their next board meeting on Thursday, August 28, lest RMGO take it to the courts.
“Criminal safe zones are target-rich zones, leaving our children and loved ones vulnerable to those with malicious intent,” said RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown. “A library should be a place where all freedom is recognized and supported, not just a place for freedom of speech.”
Library director Ann Kling got back from vacation the day after RMGO sent out its letter and told The Colorado Independent that she’ll need to talk to library staff, board members and attorneys before making any decisions or comments.
When not agitating to make libraries a safe place for gunnies, RMGO takes aim at state politics and Colorado elections with a pro-gun SuperPAC. In fact, RMGO lawyer James Bardwell notes that they helped write and get passed the very state laws the Clearview Library District is apparently violating with their no guns policy.
“I look forward to your positive response,” Bardwell writes closing RMGO’s legal notice, “and to avoiding litigation which would be a waste of the resources of the library district.”
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