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GOP gun rights activist arrested for flashing handgun at U.S. marshal

A gun rights activist is facing a felony menacing charge after she allegedly flashed a handgun at a U.S. marshal, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday.

Kanda Calef, a Second Amendment advocate who lost a Republican bid for Colorado's House last year, is due in court this week following her April 10 arrest.

An off-duty marshal was in Interstate 25's Gap construction zone when a woman in a van "had flashed a handgun at him," according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the outlet.

The marshal said Calef "did not point the gun directly at him, but flashed it in a way to ensure he could see it" and he said he felt "endangered" by it.

Calef later allegedly sped off on the interstate, reportedly accelerating up to 90 miles per hour and changing multiple lanes, according to the affidavit.

"My emergency equipment had not been activated at all at this time, but it appeared to me that the driver was going to try to elude me," the responding state trooper said.

Calef declined to comment to the Colorado Springs Gazette, which did quote her attorney, Drew Eddy, as saying: "My client is innocent of these charges; they're allegations at this point."

According to the affidavit reported by the Gazette, Calef acknowledged that she was carrying a revolver and a concealed carry permit and police confiscated a Smith & Wesson .38 Special.

Calef posted a $2,500 bond that same day and is expected to appear in Douglas County's 18th Judicial District on Wednesday.

Calef is a prominent gun rights advocate in Colorado Springs, according to the Gazette. The newspaper noted that she opposed the so-called red flag bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis (D) in April.

The law grants judges starting in January the power to temporarily take away guns from people thought to be at a high risk of harming themselves or others.

Calef wrote in The Gazette that she "wholeheartedly" opposed it.

"This bill takes away the right to keep and bear arms from Coloradoans without due process," she wrote. "It presumes to predict crime and curtail individual liberties based on potential feelings and conjecture. This is dangerous to all citizens in a free society."

Calef failed to win the Republican nomination last year for Colorado's House District 14, and she lost a 2015 bid for the Colorado Springs City Council to incumbent Larry Bagley.

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