The Health Ranger gets it badly wrong…
In this article just out on Natural News, Mike Adams makes the assertion that “Aurora, Colorado already has strict gun control laws on the books that make it:
• Illegal to carry a concealed weapon, even if you’re a law-abiding citizen.
• Illegal to discharge a firearm in public unless you are a peace officer.
Thus, any person who would have shot James Holmes and stopped the massacre would, themselves, have been arrested as a criminal!”
When I looked at the website that he cited as the source, he went to http://www.coloradoceasefire.org/munilaws.htm, a pretty dubious source for reliable information on what a city’s laws are.
I took it upon myself to see if this matched what Aurora’s actual city code said in Municode
Aurora, Colorado, Code of Ordinances >> PART II – CODE OF ORDINANCES >> Chapter 94 – OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS >> ARTICLE IV. – OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE AND SAFETY >> DIVISION 2. – WEAPONS >>
(a) Concealment. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section it shall be unlawful for any person to wear under his or her clothes or carry concealed on or about his or her person any illegal or deadly weapon, including but not by way of limitation any firearm, slingshot, razor, dirk, dagger, or any knife, nunchaku or throwing stars.
(b) It shall not be an offense of subsection (a) of this section if the defendant was:
(1) In compliance with the provisions of section 94-144.5, if applicable; or
(2)A person in a private automobile or other means of private conveyance who carries a knife for lawful protection of such person’s or another’s person or property while traveling, or
(3)In his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property owned or under his or her control at the time of the alleged violation; or
(4)A person who, at the time of carrying the concealed weapon held a valid permit to carry such concealed weapon issued pursuant to C.R.S. 18-12-105.1 as it existed prior to its repeal, or, if the weapon involved was a handgun, held a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun or a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to part 2 of article 12 of title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes; except that it shall be an offense under this section if the person was carrying a concealed handgun in violation of the carrying restrictions contained in C.R.S. 18-12-214; or
(5)A peace officer, as described in Section 16-2.5-101, C.R.S. when carrying a weapon in conformance with the policy of the employing agency as provided in Section 16-2.5-101(2) C.R.S.; or
(6)A United States Probation Officer or a United States Pretrial Services Officer while on duty and serving in the State of Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
(c)Display. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly, recklessly, or negligently display, flourish, or brandish any illegal or deadly weapon, including but not limited to those enunciated in subsection (a) of this section, in such manner as to reasonably cause fear of bodily injury to another person.
Later on Adams goes on to state “In Aurora, it is illegal to carry a firearm in a vehicle! Thus, even driving to a movie theater with a firearm in your own car makes you a criminal.” Again, that is completely contradicted by the actual Aurora code:
(a) Without a permit. It shall be lawful for any person to carry, conceal or otherwise possess a handgun, whether loaded or unloaded, while in a private automobile or other means of private conveyance if carrying the handgun for a legal use while traveling, or is engaged in hunting activities within the state.
(b) With a permit. It shall be lawful for any person to carry, conceal or otherwise possess a handgun, whether loaded or unloaded, in a private automobile or other means of private conveyance if the person who, at the time of carrying the weapon, held a valid permit to carry such concealed handgun issued pursuant to C.R.S. 18-12-105.1, as it existed prior to its repeal, or held a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun or a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to part 2 of article 12 of title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes; except that it shall not be lawful if the person was carrying a concealed handgun in violation of the carrying constrictions contained in C.R.S 18-12-214.
(c) For purposes of this section travel shall be as defined in Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary (1988); “To move from one place to another.”
To summarize, in Aurora, Colorado, it is illegal to stop a massacre?