Longmont gun show occurs days before City Council set to talk firearms

Following the Longmont Hunting & Sportsmen’s Gun Show at the Boulder County Fairground this weekend, the Longmont City Council will discuss gun safety laws Tuesday.

Douglas Bohn, who lives about 29 miles east of Longmont, was selling ammunition, serrano chile salsa and whiskey BBQ sauce at his vendor table Saturday at the gun show and planned to do the same all day Sunday as well.

“Haven’t sold a lot yet,” Bohn said as people funneled through looking at ammunition, firearms, knives and other items for sale. “Last weekend I was in Oklahoma City and sold about 30,000 rounds of total ammunition.”

Colorado’s General Assembly passed legislation last year that authorized local governments, like the city of Longmont, to enact gun safety laws of their own locally.

City councils in Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville all passed gun laws last week.

Local ordinances come in the wake of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed in an elementary school; in Buffalo, New York, where 10 individuals were left dead in a Tops supermarket; and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where five people including the perpetrator were killed.

On March 22, 2021, a gunman also killed 10 people at the Table Mesa King Soopers in Boulder.

It isn’t immediately clear what the Longmont City Council will discuss in terms of possible gun safety laws during its presession Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St.

In general, local ordinances implemented by other municipalities have largely banned assault weapons and large-capacity magazines as well as raised the minimum purchasing age for a firearm from 18 to 21.

“All I see is total communism coming down the pike,” Bohn said.

Geoff Wilson, who is a member of the Boulder County Republicans and has lived in Longmont for the last five years, attended Saturday’s gun show to promote Republican candidates running for office this year.

“There’s a nationwide protection for firearm ownership in the Second Amendment,” Wilson said. “To start sequestering smaller political units is not appropriate.”

The Longmont Hunting & Sportsmen’s Gun Show ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will open again today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General admission to the gun show is $10 and free for children 12 and under.

Just outside the entrance to this weekend’s gun show, Adrian Vannice and other members of the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s office passed out free gun cable locks.

“We passed out quite a number of locks already and some flyers,” Vannice said. “People have been interested.”

According to paperwork handed out along with the locks, two in five parents who own firearms “erroneously believe their children do not know” where their guns are kept.

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