According to various sources, a Tea Party group’s vow to march while openly carrying firearms in a 4th of July parade is causing panic amongst the residents of a small Colorado town.
In a report from the Denver Post, an announcement from the Southern Colorado Patriots Club said its members would march with guns in the annual Independence Day parade in Westcliffe to “make a statement that we still believe in our Constitution,” in an apparent protest against new gun laws in the state.
A flier that was distributed by the group stated, “All rifles welcome especially the black evil ones.”
In the wake of the announcement, the public’s reaction was so severe that it prompted the Custer County Chamber of Commerce, the parade’s sponsor, to cancel the event as nervous citizens began circulating a petition to bar the gun rights club from attending.
The Chamber’s president, Donna Hood, told the Denver Post that the situation has “polarized this community in a week.” The parade was ultimately given the go-ahead when the Town of Westcliffe agreed to pick up the tab.
Passage of Colorado’s new 15-round limit for gun magazines law has sparked new activism from gun rights groups. The new law is slated to take effect next week.