Commerce City became the first metropolitan city in Colorado to vote and declare its intention to not enforce Colorado's new red flag law, joining exactly three-quarters of the state's counties and several towns who have already chosen to do so. Numerous gun rights advocates were on hand to speak up about the importance of keeping their families safe from those who would abuse the law.
At the beginning of this resistance movement, many of the counties who became first adopters of the Second Amendment Sanctuary County movement were far from the cities and had small populations. It quickly became evident however that as the grassroots measures caught on, that they would eventually envelop much of the state in a sea of green as commitments to the human right of firearm ownership were voiced in municipalities across the mountainous state, one by one.
With a population of over 45,000 people, Commerce City is one of the biggest municipalities anywhere in the country to adopt the gun rights resolution. The city is politically evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, with one representative and one senator in the legislature both from the Democrat Party, and a city council that leans mostly Republican.
Our Second Amendment Sanctuary County Map hasn't been updated for a couple of months, so if you've seen the earlier version it should be apparent just how far and wide the movement has grown. Numerous smaller towns have joined the counties, now represented by green dots on the map.
A large crowd overwhelmed the modest city council last night, as the meeting had to be moved to the nearby Commerce City Civic Center in order to hold the vote and hear from the speakers. The majority of those in attendance spoke in favor of the resolution, with a few notable exceptions wearing the red shirts of the Moms Demand Action group.
“I fought for my country and I think people have the right to protect themselves and the citizens. You know, the way this world’s going, you’d better know what you're doing, you’d better know how to protect yourself because you never know when it’s going to change.
Let's back up, let’s address mental health and the funding first and try to get these people the help they need. You can take mental health person and you do a statement where you're going to rush his house or whatever, you may force that person to take the wrong action.”
The mayor admitted afterward that the city will likely be enforcing the red flag law anyway, although some noted that funds could be denied for implementing it.
The final vote was 5 to 2, with another 2 council members abstaining from voting.