Nucla Mandates Firearms in Households
KREX News Room
NUCLA, Colo. Newly-signed gun control laws in Colorado have some folks in the state concerned about the future of their Second Amendment rights.
One Western Colorado town is taking a stand to not only protect those rights, but protect it's citizens from criminals. With some exemptions, the head of each household is now required to maintain a firearm.
Pro tem mayor and town trustee Richard Craig brought the idea to the town. "Every head of the household residing in town limits is required to maintain a firearm together with ammunition thereafter. Criminals are put on notice, period. We are armed." he said.
In a five to one vote, Nucla trustees passed the ordinance.
"I think my biggest thing is our Second Amendment, that is our right. I don't think half the people on front range even know what the constitution is, let alone forget it," said Craig.
The community is up in arms with approval.
"I think the government, again, has gone way out of range and just doesn't understand the realities of what life is like in rural America," said pharmacist Don Colcord.
However, a lone town trustee says the ordinance doesn't do anything to preserve constitutional rights.
"We're not being consistent, saying we don't want government in our lives but here we are saying everybody's got to own a gun," said Bill Long.
While he voted no, he understands the meaning behind it, "It's basically just saying look, we know we have Second Amendment rights. We have our guns, we love our guns and it's going to be a fight if you try to take them away."
Craig says he's aware of how other parts of the state may react. He jokingly said, "Some will probably say 'yay' and some of them would probably think we're a bunch of banjo-playing, glow-in-the-dark idiots."
He agrees the ordinance is symbolic, but hopes the message is heard in all corners of the state.
Craig says he's been consulted by other town leaders since the ordinance was passed. So while Nucla is the first Colorado town to pass such an ordinance, it may not be the last.
Exemptions to the ordinance include those who cannot afford firearms, criminals, the mentally ill and those opposed to gun ownership due to religion or other reasons.