A ribbon "shooting" was held at the Centennial Gun Club on Feb. 20 and some high-profile political leaders turned out for the event — and to voice their support for the Second Amendment.
Sponsored by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, several hundred people attended the ceremony at Colorado's largest gun club, which opened Jan. 4.
The facility, owned by Richard and Mary Abramson, encompasses some 35,000 square feet and includes 28 shooting lanes, a 5,000-square-foot retail store and a lavish, members-only VIP lounge.
Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donohue, an outspoken gun rights advocate, is a managing partner of the club and attended the Feb. 20 event, which allowed dignitaries who signed waivers to shoot, rather than cut, ribbons to officially open the facility.
Because the ribbon shooting was also promoted as a gun rally, a number of area elected officials declined invitations to attend the event.
But a veritable constellation of Republican lawmakers and political candidates did come, including Congressman Mike Coffman, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.
Douglas County Sheriff Dave Weaver, who is term-limited and a candidate for the Board of County Commissioners, turned out for the event, as did the three candidates seeking to replace the sheriff - Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, Castle Rock Police Cmdr. John Anderson and Coroner Lora Thomas.
Centennial City Councilmember Stephanie Piko, a member of the gun club, also attended the event, which was emceed by KOA Radio's Stephan Tubbs, who kicked off the proceedings by stating his unequivocal support of the Second Amendment and adding that it was his job "to keep Mike Coffman from speaking for more than 10 minutes."
Coffman, who represents Colorado's 6th Congressional District - which includes Aurora, Centennial, Littleton and Highlands Ranch - kept his remarks brief, reaffirming his support for the Second Amendment and recounting how his office had helped the Abramsons secure their SBA loan to build their facility.
Addressing the Abramsons directly before turning the microphone back to Tubbs, Coffman said: "God bless you and best of luck with the facility."
South Metro Chamber CEO John Brackney also gave a short speech about the importance of protecting Constitutional rights. "What makes America great are people like Richard and Mary (Abramson) doing the hard work."
Richard Abramson thanked the crowd for coming out, saying, "We believe owning firearms is a tremendous responsibility."