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Longmont Gun Rights Rally Planned in Response to Mayor’s Decision to Not Read Firearms Awareness Proclamation

October 10, 2018

Paisley Hollywood, 10, and her mother, Lesley, were among the 200 people who participated in a gun rights rally in Boulder in April. The event was organized by Rally for Our Rights, which is holding a rally Saturday in Longmont in response to Mayor Brian Bagley's decision not to read a firearms awareness and safety proclamation at a September city council meeting.

If you go

What: Rally For Our Rights demonstration in support of gun rights.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: The intersection of Main Street and Sixth Avenue in Longmont

Cost: Free. Attendees are asked to bring winter coats to donate to the OUR Center.

More info: Organizers ask that attendees not bring signs, flags or anything advocating for or attacking a specific political party.

Gun rights advocates are once again holding a rally in Longmont, this time in response to Mayor Brian Bagley’s decision to not read a proclamation on firearms awareness and safety at a city council meeting last month.

The rally, organized by Rally For Our Rights, will be Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Main Street and Sixth Avenue, according to a news release from organizers. The group has previously organized rallies in Longmont in May and in Boulder in April and June.

A weekly vigil, called Longmont Leads with Love, also is held in this area at the same time every Saturday. Lesley Hollywood, one of the gun rights rally organizers, said this was a coincidence.

Longmont residents had suggested the organizers use that location, as they had seen other demonstrators in that area before, Hollywood said.

“We were all unaware it was a weekly thing they did,” she said in an email. “Our attendees are always kind and respectful, and I don’t anticipate anything otherwise at this event.”

The Facebook page for the Longmont Leads with Love vigil did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The theme of the rally will be “gun safety isn’t scary,” according to the news release, partially in celebration of Halloween and partially as a response to Bagley’s decision to not read a proclamation at the Sept. 11 council meeting.

Bagley made the decision after Mayor Pro-Tem Polly Christensen said she would leave the room if the proclamation was read, saying his desire to unify the council outweighed his promise to gun-rights advocates.

Bagley also edited the proclamation that was originally submitted to remove what he viewed as potentially inflammatory statements.

“The Longmont City Council’s decision last month was a great disappointment to many Longmont residents,” Hollywood said in the news release. “Their rejection of basic ideas like gun safety and responsible firearms storage, which were both parts of the proclamation, was a gross display of petty partisan politics. It was not taken lightly and will not be forgotten.”

There will be no speakers or agenda at the event, the news release states, and organizers are asking those who attend to “keep their politics at home and focus on the issue at hand — protecting the Second Amendment.” Participants are asked not to bring flags related to the Confederacy, anarchy or President Donald Trump, or anything advocating for or attacking a specific political party.

They can, however, dress up in costume to go with the Halloween theme.

Organizers also are asking attendees, as well as those who cannot stay for the rally, to bring winter coats and accessories to be donated to the Longmont OUR Center.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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