Colorado does have a "Preemption" clause in the CCW law that disallows local laws against legal concealed carry as prescribed by the State "Shall Issue". As for open carry, that has been legal in Colorado for a long time. Good luck getting any "public servants" prosecuted for violating the preemption clause or any other 2A related laws. Open carry is an invitation for police attention in many cities, mostly because whinning citizens say they feel threatened by them. I've always wanted to ask the police to remove a few thuggy looking ganster wanabes from the area because I feel threatened by them, and see how long it takes the National Poverty Pimps to fly in and call me racist.
We had a local case in a small city where an old feller with an openly carried single action six shooter was sitting in the park and became the subject of "fear and loathing" of citizens. The PD came, disarmed him, and sent him away to pick up his gun later. He sued the city and won. He was apparently "making a statement" and fishing for the very response he got. I have my own opinions about making statements and fishing for response, and personally that would not be my tactic, but I guess someone has to challenge the status quo. As for the laws in Aurora, it seems to be accepted in Colorado for cities to stop open carry. It sounds to me like the theater's policy against concealed carry is just that, a policy, not a law. If you are CCW and they find out (I don't know how), they can ask you to leave and if you don't comply you could be charged with trespassing. Thats a way different deal than a felony charge for say carrying into a court room. Personally, if a business says they don't want my money, I am happy to oblige them.
This is an interesting discussion, but my question is: "Why would you want to carry openly?"
We've always had that right in Wyoming, and nobody carried openly.
We've been fighting for a hundred years for the right to carry CONCEALED.
Open carry makes you look like a "macho wannabe" to the public, and just invites some thug to get the drop on you from behind and steal your gun.
We should have the right to carry openly, of course, but I just can't understand why anyone would want to do it.
What am I missing?
I would actually prefer that all openly carried. I feel more comfortable knowing who has a firearm on them than trying see them printing or guessing
Unlike the folks and officers mentioned in the article I do not wet my pants when in sight of a firearm and what the hell kind of vague bs law is this anyhow
Section 38-237(b)(1) of Thornton's Municipal Code, under which Mapes was booked, reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly possess on or about the person or within such person's immediate reach any dangerous weapon."
So I guess that rules out just about anything a person can get their hand on?
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