Steamboat resident Brent Lounsbury, who previously worked as a legislative aide to former House District 59 Rep. Mark Larson, speaks to concerned gun owners Saturday at Elk River Guns.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat resident Brent Lounsbury, who previously worked as a legislative aide to former House District 59 Rep. Mark Larson, speaks to concerned gun owners Saturday at Elk River Guns.

Routt County gun owners told at meeting to speak out

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— Concerned gun owners in Steamboat Springs were preparing for a fight as state and national lawmakers consider stricter gun control laws.

About 50 people packed into the Elk River Guns shop Saturday evening to learn how to effectively voice their opinions to lawmakers as the gun control debate goes forward.

“I want to be proactive for what I really believe in, which are my constitutional rights,” said Jeanne Lodwick, who attended the meeting with her husband, Dennis.

The meeting was held on the first Gun Appreciation day. Rallies were held at state capitols across the country Saturday. The Denver Post reported almost 1,000 people gathered outside the Colorado Capitol as part of a pro-gun rally.

The gun rights advocates are becoming more vocal after President Barack Obama announced gun control proposals that would ban assault-style rifles, enact universal background checks and prohibit gun magazines with more than 10 rounds.

Colorado Sen. Randy Baumgardner, a Cowdrey Republican who represents Senate District 8, was expected to attend the meeting, but he was unable to.

Instead, Elk River Guns owner Ken Constantine read an email from Baumgardner, who wrote that there is talk of legislation at the state level to ban assault weapons, “whatever that means.” He said there also is talk of stricter background checks.

“We don’t know what any of it looks like right now,” Baumgardner wrote.

He said what lawmakers need to focus on is keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and focusing on school safety.

“Rolling back rights of responsible citizens is not the proper response,” Baumgardner wrote.

Information about how to communicate with lawmakers was distributed by Steamboat resident Brent Lounsbury, who previously worked as a legislative aide to former House District 59 Rep. Mark Larson.

“Your voice is not powerless in this situation,” Lounsbury said. “Your voice is your most powerful weapon.”

Lounsbury said the most effective way of getting your opinion through to lawmakers — besides talking to one in person — is to talk to them on the phone. After that, a hand-signed letter is most effective followed by an email.

“They get a lot of emails, but they read them,” Lounsbury said.

He said written forms of communication ideally should be no more than 250 words.

“You’re going to have a lot more to say than that, but concise is best,” Lounsbury said.

Constantine encouraged people to make their voices heard.

“This is not a partisan issue,” he said. “This is an American issue. This is a Second Amendment issue.”

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Comments

max huppert 1 year, 11 months ago

Funny that they are all scarred or something, they can ban whatever they want I am sure most in that group of 50 already own it all, along with most others. All the smart folks are the ones that dont let the govt know what they got. Should have voted for Ron Paul.

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mark hartless 1 year, 11 months ago

Many of those guys probably DID vote for Ron Paul.

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David Moore 1 year, 11 months ago

Americans do not need gun control, they need media control. The sensationalism that goes along with walking into some place and killing the masses is part of what drives these individuals to commit these heinous acts. A report that there has been an incident is plenty, leave it at that, no mention of who did it....ever. Also, a check into the psych meds a future gun buyer is on might be helpful. From what I have read, those who have committed some of these mass killings were on a wild mix of psych meds. I have not had to do a check to buy a gun so I don't know if they already do this, but, it's just a thought.

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max huppert 1 year, 11 months ago

I think the whole debate that every political person loves the distraction that they don't have to talk about the economy now, jobs, debt, spending. this is all a joke so once again they can avoid doing anything for the American people. When inflation really kicks in, you will not be able to afford much anyway.

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mark hartless 1 year, 11 months ago

I wonder if there were any people in that room who voted for Obama, and who now have "buyers remorse".

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Scott Wedel 1 year, 11 months ago

Probably not.

A local meeting of those that believe an assault rifle with a large magazine is needed for personal protection is not a traditional Democratic voting bloc.

Sort of like asking about how many former Romney supporters are at a NAACP meeting.

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cindy constantine 1 year, 11 months ago

I can promise you Mark, that no one in the room voted for Obama!!

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cindy constantine 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, I take that back, 1 individual DID vote for Obama, but no buyers remorse for him because he has an arsenal of guns--I have seen it!!

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mark hartless 1 year, 11 months ago

An Obama voter ???

With an "arsenal"???

Excuse me while I check the weather forecast for Hell...

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Doug Starkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Picture caption suggestion; "Routt County's well regulated militia at their quadrennial meeting discussing the plans to stop the North Koreans from quartering in their private residences."

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 11 months ago

Another: "Routt County's law abiding citizens discuss how to retain their weapons if local law enforcement goes off the rails like the NOPD." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d...

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