Gun group, Windsor gun store partner for ‘Free Glock Giveaway’
February 23, 2013
The often strident and outspoken Rocky Mountain Gun Owners group is taking another shot at increasing membership numbers and hopes to "mobilize even more gun owners," this time working with Windsor's own weapon shop for a "Free Glock Giveaway."
The move comes just one month after the Windsor-based advocacy and gun education group held an "AR-15 Giveaway" at Jensen Arms in Loveland where about 30,000 eligible Coloradans vied for the controversial weapon. As groups across the country and Colorado's lawmakers grapple with the future of background checks, high-capacity magazines and potential bans, RMGO leader Dudley Brown — who also leads the Windsor-based National Association for Gun Rights — has remained unrelentingly outspoken.
"Gun control doesn't prevent gun violence, it enables it," Brown said in an email to members under the heading "Dear fellow patriot."
"To defeat those gun controls, we need to turn up the heat in the state Capitol," he said.
The winner of the Glock 22 Gen 3 pistol will be announced March 1. More information is available on the group's Facebook page.
RMGO approached Bear Arms — the town's only gun store — when it first became interested in leading the assault rifle giveaway in the weeks following the shooting in Newtown, Conn. At the time, Bear Arms couldn't donate the high-value gun, which often retails for about $1,000. Weapons of all varieties were flying off the store's shelves with more then 700 bought in December alone, store manager Seth Stern said. The store normally stocks about 650 guns at one time.
"Within 24 hours of the shooting and the first political discussion, the panic-buying started," Stern said. During the rush, the store struggled to keep up with demand for the highly sought rifle, but it was able to "get ahead of the curve" by stockpiling the still-controversial high-capacity pistols. That put the store in the position for the Glock giveaway — something Stern viewed as an advertising boost for the store, which is tucked away in a shopping center along Main Street.
"It's hard to predict what's going to come next," Stern said, citing the unstable future for guns. From a business perspective, he said store owners have been optimistic and shown a willingness to adapt to the future, regardless of how laws change surrounding high-value weapons.
Partnerships with the powerful Windsor gun groups, he said, helps him keep a finger on the pulse of the Legislatures, in turn helping guide future business decisions, regardless of how restricting new laws could become.
"We do support much of what RMGO is about," Stern said, adding later that, "we should still be able to keep the doors open."