People v. Stanley — Case 01 GS 606306

Second Judicial District — Denver County

County Judge Robert Patterson
District Judge Robert Hyatt
Court of Appeals
Colorado Supreme Court
Hearing date: May 16, 2002
Matter before the bar: Whether the state and federal Constitutions supersede a municipal ordinance.

Rick Stanley tested the Denver gun-control ordinances on December 15, 2001, with reliance on the Second Amendment. He openly carried a gun during a rally in downtown Denver to show support for a citizen's right to protect themselves.

He was arrested for violating Denver Revised Municipal Code 38-117(b) that forbids the open carrying of a gun despite the clear wording of the Colorado Constitution that gives Colorado citizens the right to openly bear arms. Article II, Section 13 states:

County court — Case 01 GS 606306


Stanley's case was originally heard on May 16, 2002, in Denver County Municipal Court by Judge Robert Patterson. With Patterson's instructions, a jury found that Stanley was in violation of DRMC38-117.

District Court — Case 02 CV 6187


Stanley appealed the municipal court's ruling to district court on August 6, 2002. The conviction was affirmed by Judge Robert Hyatt in January, 2003.

Rick Stanley then went up to the Colorado Supreme Court on February 12, 2003.

Legislative action


During Rick Stanley's court battle over the right-to-carry issue the Colorado legislature passed, and the governor signed, two bills that put gun control under state authority. Senate Bill 03-24, a legislative declaration mandating uniform state standards for the issuance of concealed weapon carry permits under C.R.S. § 18-12-201 et seq. And SB 03-25 enacted C.R.S. § 18-12-105.6 that superceded Denver's ordinance on carrying firearms in private vehicles and, with C.R.S. § 29-11.7-101 et seq., put the regulation of firearms under state control except that local governments may prohibit open carry of weapons in specific buildings and places (C.R.S. § 29-11.7-104). Thus, Senate Bills 03-24 and 03-25 voided Denver's ordinance and affirmed the right of all Colorado citizens to keep and bear arms.

The City and County [or kingdom] of Denver then sued the State of Colorado (03 CV 3809) as infringing on their "home rule" rights.

Despite the passage of Senate Bills 03-24 and 03-25, Denver District Judge Robert Hyatt refused to reconsider his ruling affirming the conviction and held that "home rule" and "municipal law" supercedes the laws and Constitutions of the State of Colorado and the United States of America.

Denver City and County must not be part of America in that their judges and government do not consider themselves subject to Constitutional guarantees of civil liberties.

The trial of Denver's case against Colorado is set for August 30, 2004. That case can be followed by going to and searching the records under City & County of Denver, et. al. vs. State of Colorado, 2003 CV 3809.

But who will get to decide if a Denver ordinance supercedes the state and federal Constitutions?

Another Denver judge.

Colorado Supreme Court — 03 SC 114


The Supreme Court affirmed the lower court findings by denying certiorari on May 19, 2003.

The Relevant Law

How Robert Patterson and Robert Hyatt Corrupted the Constitution

U.S. Constitution — Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Colorado Constitution — Article II Secton 13

The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.

C.R.S. § 29-11.7-101 et seq.

Senate Bill 03-25 superseded by state law local control of gun regulations.

The Denver Courts, supported by the Colorado Supreme Court, have simply voided these amendments and the mandates of the Colorado legislature.

The case was remanded back to Denver County Court, Judge Patterson.

On August 14, 2003, in Dever County Court Robert Patterson sentenced Rick Stanley to 6 months in jail and fined him $629 for demanding and defending his Constitutional rights.

Governor Bill Owens denied clemency.


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