By Dillon Thomas

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – Hundreds lined Highway 34 in Loveland on Saturday to show their support for and exercise the Second Amendment.

The event, which did not have a legal permit through the city, lasted more than three hours. Event organizer Lesley Hollywood told CBS4 the city believed they did not have enough time to issue the proper permit. The organizers obtained legal representation and moved forward with their original plans.

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Those who attended said they wanted to vocalize their support of gun ownership freedoms amid a time where their opposition has made many headlines.

“You can’t look to the government to do everything for you, you have to be self-sufficient,” said Brenda Barrett, an attendee and member of the NRA.

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Dale Leppert (credit: CBS4)

“It is not about hunting. It is about protection,” said Dale Leppert, a gun owner and event attendee.

Carrying signs, flags and firearms, many said they were expressing their First and Second Amendment rights in the same day.

“I just don’t feel like I am a revolutionary, or a rebel. I am just being an American, doing what I have a right to do,” Barrett said.

Leppert, carrying his semi-automatic rifle on his chest, said the large turnout at the rally showed there are many supporters of greater gun rights.

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“This gun is no different than any other gun. Everyone here, there are guns all over the place. Has anyone been shot yet? No,” Leppert said. “The guns are not the problem. We have laws on the books to stop criminals; we need to stop criminals.”

Many told CBS4 they supported further regulations and services on those with mental issues. However, many said they felt those should be handled with mental health evaluations and treatment, rather than restricting the access others have to purchase firearms.

“It is the person, not the gun,” said Kami Kline, an event attendee.

Hollywood said the turnout, and support through honking cars, showed those like her were the silent majority.

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“I think it has become a very controversial view, to be a Second Amendment supporter. As you can hear from the people driving by, this shouldn’t be controversial,” Hollywood said. “It was really important to me to show that we all don’t agree. Not everybody agrees with the message that is being put out there.”

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

Comments (6)
  1. Kem Wills says:

    What is a public forum? 🙂
    You don’t need a permit on public sidewalks to protest and voice your 1st and 2nd amendment rights. They’re not on the road blocking traffic..Not in front of businesses blocking customers. Not on private property.
    I would like to know if ALL of the “march for certain (our) lives” gun control advocate protesters had a permit? They actually was required to have a permit because they did block traffic and businesses.

  2. and not one gun killed anyone

  3. Dave Thrush says:

    I was at this event and photographed it, what they are not showing is there was quite a few minorities who support gun rights also, only half of who were there is being shown. I also saw a lot of moms with their kids that support the second amendment for the safety of their children….

  4. I was also in attendance and agree with Dave, a lot of other folks were NOT shown in the video. We had people from all walks of life, guns were on display all over and yes Darrel no one was killed. It was not only peaceful it was down right enjoyable with plenty of smiles, handshakes and American Pride!

  5. Gun nuts… no semi-automatic rifles are not “just like any other guns”.

    The difference between the NRA and all other organizations:
    Although the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of your right to own an automobile, the AAA isn’t saying, “The government’s coming to take away your cars. Send us money”.

    1. Earl Rissel says:

      You say “Gun Nuts” I say PATRIOTS. If those that formed this nation did not stand for their rights we would still be part of the UK. What you fail to understand ALL RIGHTS are not given but are yours, the constitution just points out that the government can not take them or alter them in any way. In that respect the firearm owners of America have been pushed to the limit and will show that the phrase “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” has a large support. Out of all Americans constitutional rights the 2nd is the most important because without it all the res can be taken away by a tyrannical government! “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Ben Franklin

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