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Django Hope holds a protest sign, while her mother, Jennifer, right, get a hug from Amy Muller. Dozens of people lined up near Boulder Gunsport to get large capacity gun magazines, while dozens of people held a silent protest near by on the corner of 14th Street and Canyon in Boulder Saturday morning. Click here for more photos and a video of the protest. Photo by Cliff Grassmick / March 16, 2013
100 high-capacity magazines gone in 20-minute giveaway
Colorado’s ideological battle over gun rights was played out in stark fashion Saturday in Boulder, where a gun magazine giveaway was forced to turn away some people due to high demand, while at least 100 people protested silently a short distance away.
People were lining up as early as 7 a.m. outside Boulder Gunsport, 1707 14th St., for “Operation Mountain Standard,” a fundraising event organized by Longmont resident and Marine Corps veteran Savant Suykerbuyk. His plan was to collect donations to Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a Colorado gun lobby.
In return, donors received gun magazines designed to carry more than 15 rounds of ammunition. His goal was to distribute as many high-capacity magazines as possible before a law placing a 15-round limit on magazines, passed by Colorado lawmakers earlier this week, is signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper and goes into effect.
“What we’re trying to do is to get as many of these magazines in people’s hands before this ban hits. If people have them before the bill is signed, they get grandfathered in,” said Suykerbuyk, 25, before the event was underway.
The idea for the event originated on a Reddit.com guns forum, and Suykerbuyk decided to take the lead after talking to other Second Amendment advocates. Gun owners from across the country donated the magazines distributed at the event.