I want to preface this by stating I am absolutely pro-gun rights and have been actively engaged in the gun debate this session at the Capitol.
Be that as it may, I have to side with Sheriff Ted Mink if he believes open carry of a sidearm in certain public buildings needs to be banned.
To those who believe this is an infringement of their rights, I submit you should exercise a little discretion and look at the larger picture here.
Considering the current public hysteria over gun violence, I just fail to see the benefit in needlessly alarming those who don’t have the same appreciation for being armed as some of us do.
Moreover, with the relative ease of obtaining a concealed carry permit, there really is no need to be unarmed. If you can legally carry openly, you can also obtain a permit.
I also want to mention this. Noting the almost total opposition of the County Sheriffs of Colorado to recent gun control measures passed by the Democrats in the General Assembly, I don’t have an issue with listening to and supporting reasonable requests by one of those sheriffs.
Those guys took time out of their busy schedules to appear before the various committees at the Capitol and stand with us in defense of our Second Amendment rights.
I am not forgetting what they did and I wont let anyone else on the pro-gun side forget it either!
Thank you County Sheriffs of Colorado.