Rallying for gun rights in Washington, Denver Starbucks feeling the heat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun rights advocates say they want to remind the federal government of their right to keep and bear arms during a rally in the nation's capital.

Organizers of the Second Amendment March say gun owners, hunters and others will gather on the grounds of the Washington Monument at 10 a.m. Monday for their demonstration. They have stressed that even though they find the District of Columbia's strict gun laws unconstitutional, they will abide to D.C. rules, and keep it an unarmed event.

Activists say they chose April 19th because it's the date of the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord.

Speakers expected at the event include Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.

Meanwhile, Colorado gun-control activists are protesting Starbucks' policy not to ban customers carrying weapons.

"Colorado Ceasefire," says Starbucks Corp. should change it's policy of letting customers carry guns where it's legal.

The coffee chain has said it does not want to be put in the middle of a gun-control debate.

After a picket Sunday at a Denver Starbucks store, two Colorado State Senators want to promote gun-control bills pending in the State Legislature.

Democratic Senators Joe Rice of Littleton and Betty Boyd of Lakewood say their bill would enhance screening of potential gun owners.

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