Local Business Owner Fears Colorado Boycott
KREX News Room
CEDAREDGE, Colo. The boycott against Colorado due to new gun regulation has started to directly affect our area.
Mike Wenner, owner of the Grand Mesa Lodge, said, "I feel like he [Governor Hickenlooper] represents the Front Range and Denver and that he has betrayed the other people in Colorado."
Due to new gun control measures signed into law by the governor, some out-of-state hunters may boycott state, a threat very real for Wenner.
"Well if the hunters don't come it's certainly going to impact our business. I don't know what's going to happen, we might have to close up except maybe for summer," he said. Wenner's already received a cancellation.
The threat is real for the entire state, hunting brings in about $1.8 billion each year. Hotels, restaurants, and hunting outfitters are just a few businesses that could lose dollars due to a boycott.
"This new gun law is a feel good law. It's going to impact honest citizens and not going to have any impact on criminals whatsoever," said Wenner.
However, none of the new gun laws actually affect hunting regulations.
"They're boycotting the principle that the Second Amendment rights are being restricted of the citizens of Colorado. They don't want to bring their dollars here to support that thought process," Wenner said.
Hunting picks up again in August at the Grand Mesa Lodge, Wenner hopes huntsman will change their minds about the boycott and continue to support businesses like his.