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Gun permit revoked for man who denounced MLK day

Published: Fri, January 21, 2011 @ 7:27 p.m.

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado radio station owner who aired an editorial denouncing the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has lost his gun permit.

The Greeley Tribune reports the concealed weapon permit was permanently revoked Friday, when a judge also ordered school board member Brett Reese to stay at least 100 yards from a rival radio station owner.

Justin Sasso says Reese threatened “a shootout” over advertisers.

Reese has said his remarks were misinterpreted. He says he’ll appeal the judge’s decision.

Reese had planned to carry his handgun to school board meetings after receiving death threats for his commentaries denouncing King.

He aired the commentary every day leading up to Martin Luther King Day this week.

The board voted Thursday to meet at schools because guns are prohibited there.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Brett Reese sounds a bit unstable to be carrying a gun .

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2Seeitcoming(10 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree. He also seems like he is trying to incite public anger by airing his unpopular views daily. Having a concealed carry means you take the high road and avoid confrontation with others because you know you have deadly force on your side. He started a confrontationa and now wants the deadly force--I would not be surprised if he shoots someone.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

MLK Day brings out the worst in many people. I completely understand why.

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4MLC75(654 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I think MLK day, is good for all walks of people to embrace peace.

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5georgejeanie(1396 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

What happened to Freedom of Speech?

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6NoBS(2643 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

This is a terribly written AP wire story. If it dealt with anything other than the Vindy's anti-gun stance, they'd never have run it.

Who owns the radio station in question? Was it actually the owner who "aired" the editorial? Or a DJ? Who wrote the editorial?

Who is Justin Sasso?

Did Reese actually break the law, or just talk about it? Who is threatening Reese's life? Have THEY been punished in any way? Where did the school board formerly meet? Were concealed weapons legal at that place?

Those questions occur at first glance. What a poorly-written story.

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7ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Let the man have a darn gun! If he does anything do the liberal thing and blame it on mlk! Geez....

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8ElPolloRetrasado(210 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

@ TheQuail, you need to read the story again! The "shootout" was not about MLK day it was about advertisers and Sasso was not the one that proposed said "shootout".

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

NoBS :

"Who is Justin Sasso?"


Justin Sasso
Owner/General manager
NewsTalk 1310 KFKA
Civic Affiliations: AdoptaPlatoon Northern Colorado, Colorado Broadcasters Association, Student Media Corp., Centennial Rotary.
Education and Degree: Bachelor’s in Communication with minor in Political Science
Hobbies: Skiing, boating, golf
Last Book Read: “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman
Age: 32

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10TeresaB(82 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Cheap, sensationalized heading of this article. As other's have pointed out, it wasn't even about MLK. Another reason the Vindicator is a rock bottom paper.

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