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There has been much controversy lately about the AR-15 gun-toting fellow in downtown Salida, and the lack of response from Salida’s police force to local citizens and business owners’ complaints. 

There has also been much controversy about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it may affect future professions such as Hollywood writers, students using it for homework and even journalism.

As an experiment, I asked ChatGPT to “write an article about AR-15 and Colorado’s disorderly contact law”.  Its answer is below.

I actually find it incredibly spooky that I think it not only accurately reported on the issue but also got right to the heart of the question now faced by our local government officials, “Ultimately, the challenge for lawmakers and society at large is to find a balance that protects both individual liberties and the well-being of the community.” 

Well said ChatGPT!  Now, can local government officials, citizens, and journalists do better in responding to this issue than an Artificial Intelligence?

Title: The AR-15 and Colorado’s Disorderly Conduct Law: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities


The AR-15, a popular semi-automatic rifle, has been a topic of heated debate in the United States for several years. Advocates emphasize its use for self-defense and sporting purposes, while opponents express concerns about its potential for misuse. Colorado, like many states, has faced its share of challenges in balancing the rights of gun owners with public safety concerns. In this article, we will explore the AR-15 and its place in Colorado’s legal landscape, with a particular focus on the state’s disorderly conduct law.

The AR-15: A Brief Overview

The AR-15 is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle that has been in civilian use since the 1960s. It is popular among firearm enthusiasts for its modularity, accuracy, and versatility. While often associated with military-style rifles, the AR-15 sold to civilians is semi-automatic, meaning it fires one round with each pull of the trigger.

Proponents argue that the AR-15 is a valuable tool for home defense, target shooting, and sport shooting competitions. Its design allows for customization, enabling gun owners to tailor it to their preferences. However, critics point to instances of mass shootings where AR-15s have been used, leading to calls for stricter regulations on these firearms.

Colorado’s Disorderly Conduct Law

Colorado’s disorderly conduct law, codified under Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) 18-9-106, is intended to address behavior that disturbs the peace or poses a risk to public safety. The law encompasses a wide range of actions, from fighting in public to making loud and unreasonable noises. However, it is essential to understand that owning an AR-15, by itself, does not constitute disorderly conduct.

To be charged with disorderly conduct in Colorado, an individual must engage in conduct that:

  • Invokes a breach of the peace.
  • Is of a nature to alarm, anger, or disturb others.
  • Occurs in a public place or where the conduct has a direct impact on a public place.

The law is designed to protect the public’s safety and tranquility without infringing on individuals’ constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Therefore, merely possessing an AR-15, as long as it is done in compliance with Colorado’s firearm laws, is not inherently disorderly conduct.

Balancing Rights and Responsibilities

Balancing individual rights and public safety is a complex task for lawmakers and law enforcement agencies. In the case of AR-15 ownership, Colorado has taken measures to ensure responsible gun ownership while respecting the Second Amendment.

Colorado has several laws regulating firearms, including mandatory background checks for all private gun sales and transfers, as well as restrictions on magazine capacity. These regulations are aimed at preventing firearms from falling into the wrong hands while preserving the rights of responsible gun owners.

Furthermore, the state’s disorderly conduct law is applied on a case-by-case basis, considering the context and actions of the individual involved. Possessing an AR-15 responsibly, such as for lawful self-defense or recreational shooting, should not result in a disorderly conduct charge. However, brandishing or using the firearm in a manner that creates fear or endangers public safety may lead to legal consequences.


The AR-15 remains a contentious issue in the United States, with varying opinions on its place in society. Colorado’s approach to regulating firearms, including the AR-15, emphasizes the importance of responsible ownership while respecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. The state’s disorderly conduct law plays a role in maintaining public safety without unduly infringing on those rights. Ultimately, the challenge for lawmakers and society at large is to find a balance that protects both individual liberties and the well-being of the community.

Editor’s note: For the record, Ark Valley Voice does not use AI. We have covered the topic of the AR15-toting resident several times over this past year, and have yet to see any official action except a response to our request for a legal opinion from the city attorney, which rejected the need for any official action.