Gun debate continues in Boulder

6:13 PM, Mar 16, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - The gun control controversy continues in Boulder.

A group called, Operation Mountain Standard, held an event Saturday morning giving away high-capacity and hand gun magazines in protest of House Bill 1224.

The group started with 120 rifle and handgun magazines that were given to them as private donations from people across the country.

The giveaway didn't start until 9 a.m. but people starting showing up before 7 a.m., packing the parking lot.

Within 20 minutes all the magazines were gone.

"We asked for a $20 donation for the rifle magazines and a $10 donation for the handgun magazines. Every single cent that was donated [Saturday] will be donated to the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association (Operation Mountain Standard is not affiliated with them)," Savant Suykerbuyk with Operation Mountain Standard said. "We wanted to get as many of [the magazines] into people's hands because once [the bill is] passed anybody who has one will be grand-fathered in

Just a block away, another group formed called, "Together Colorado," which was made up of church members and another organization called, "Moms Demand Action."

More than 150 people lined the street, praying and holding signs that said, "Standing on the side of love" and "Love beyond belief."

"We feel like the majority of people are behind what we are asking for which is a ban of high-capacity magazines and a ban on assault weapons," says Laura Fronckiewicz, with Moms Demand Action. "We will keep fighting. We will be here for five, 10 years. We will get this ban enacted."

Suykerbuyk says because of the turnout they will most likely hold another magazine giveaway in June, right before the bills go into effect.

Fronckiewicz says if they come back out, they will too.

"We will be here and we will get twice as many people to come," she said.

House Bill 1224, which would get rid of high-capacity magazines, would take effect this summer along with the other four gun bills that were just voted on and approved by both chambers.

They're now heading for Governor John Hickenlooper's desk, which he has said he will sign.

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