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Gun Control Lobby Targets Parish Priest

By: Teresa Mull

The Gun Control Lobby has set its sights on a priest in Colorado.

According to a message the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) sent to supporters, Fr. Peter Raleigh, a concealed carry permit holder and parish priest of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in southern Colorado, went to dinner at a restaurant with some parishioners following some target practice at a nearby gun range.

The sight of Fr. Raleigh’s gun “triggered a nearby table full of woke leftist snowflakes,” NAGR reports, the police were called, and Fr. Raleigh, with a safely holstered gun, was put in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct.

NAGR’s legal arm, the National Foundation for Gun Rights, is helping Fr. Raleigh.

Here is the full press release from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who has joined Fr. Raleigh’s defense case:

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO), Colorado’s only no-compromise gun-rights organization, along with the nation’s premier Second Amendment legal foundation, the National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR), announced that they would be backing the legal defense team of Father Peter Raleigh of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Trinidad, Colorado.

On August 15th of 2020, Fr. Raleigh and a group of parishioners went out to eat at a local restaurant after a day at the shooting range. After being seated, Fr. Raleigh showed his Ruger LCP handgun, after removing the magazine and extracting the round from the chamber, to a guest at the table who was scheduled to receive his concealed carry permit the next day.

This caused an uproar from the table next to them. The police were called, and he was initially charged with possessing a firearm while under the influence – despite no evidence that Fr. Raleigh was intoxicated. Charges were later amended to disorderly conduct – displaying a weapon “in a manner calculated to alarm,” also despite zero supporting evidence.

“This is just another case of a power-hungry DA expressing his anti-gun views on an innocent citizen. RMGO along with NFGR are going to do everything in our power to help out Fr. Raleigh,” said Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

Fr. Raleigh’s trial date has been set for May 10, 2021, where Erica Anderson of O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC is representing him.

“After reviewing the case, it is clear the DA’s office has no evidence of misconduct. The old saying goes, the punishment is the process, and unfortunately, the anti-gun District Attorney’s office is using that against Fr. Raleigh,” said Rhodes.

RMGO, along with NFGR (National Foundation for Gun Rights), have committed substantial financial resources to help fund the defense of Father Raleigh.

Hannah Hill, Policy Analyst for the National Foundation for Gun Rights, added, “Pro-gun laws mean nothing if they aren't respected by local authorities. This DA’s office is weaponizing the laws that should protect Fr. Raleigh and using them to carry out a personal agenda. We stand with Fr. Raleigh as he fights these bogus charges.”

Teresa Mull (teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

 
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