Castle Rock to allow open carry of guns

6:34 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - It will soon be legal to openly carry a firearm in public buildings and parks in Castle Rock after the Town Council repealed a ban over the objections of police and town staffers. 

The Council voted 4-3 to repeal the ban during a late-night meeting Tuesday. 

The new law will take effect Feb. 27. One board member who voted against the measure said voters should decide the issue. 

The ban allowed the town manager to decide where open carry was allowed on public property, which includes town-owned or town-controlled municipal buildings and parks. 

Members of the public who spoke Tuesday in favor of repealing the ban told the Council that open carry was a Second Amendment right, while those against the repeal said it is a safety and intimidation issue. 

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