BRECKENRIDGE — Openly displayed firearms and all other deadly weapons, concealed or not, are now banned from many county facilities, according to a resolution county commissioners passed Tuesday.
The new policy states that the “presence of firearms … on persons who are not peace officers may create a tense and fearful environment,” and that there are legitimate public safety concerns arising from the presence of deadly weapons and open-carry firearms in county facilities.
The policy doesn't apply to law enforcement officers or people carrying concealed weapons who have a permit to do so.
The sale and possession of alcohol at gun shows at county facilities is also prohibited by the resolution.
The new ban will be implemented in rolling phases and will not go into effect in various facilities until signs are posted in accordance with state law, commissioners said.
The ban applies to most county facilities, including the county courthouse, the justice center, the Blue River Ball Fields, Community and Senior Center and transfer center. The district attorney's office is excluded from the ban.
Once fully implemented, county employees will be allowed to call the Sheriff's Office to help enforce the ban. Summit County Sheriff John Minor said offenders will generally first be asked to comply with the policy by putting the firearm in the car or simply taking it out of the building.
“That's probably the first option we're going to give that individual,” Minor said. “If they refuse, it becomes a problem.”
The resolution was written and passed at the request of the sheriff's office, but was not drafted in response to any particular incident, commissioners said.
Looks like Summit County needs to go back and reread Coloradg State law.
"The new policy states that the “presence of firearms … on persons who are not peace officers may create a tense and fearful environment,” and that there are legitimate public safety concerns arising from the presence of deadly weapons and open-carry firearms in county facilities."
Well politians and criminals create a tense and fearful enviorment also, can we ban them? I also feel both are legitimate public safety concerns arising from there presence.
Next they will ban the 1st amendment due to public safety concerns....then the 4th, 5th....ect
I wonder if we can quit paying county taxes if we are discriminated against and not allowed to use property we as taxpayers own.
We should look at this as a discrimination lawsuit also, in effect they are singling a group of law abiding citizens out for no reason.
I see. So, absent any justifiable concern, it was written and passed on the whim of a local sheriff. Oh, "not a whim" you say?The resolution was written and passed at the request of the sheriff's office, but was not drafted in response to any particular incident, commissioners said.
Hmm... I wonder what other activities in Summit county create a "tense and fearful environment?"the “presence of firearms … on persons who are not peace officers may create a tense and fearful environment”
- downhill racing
- cross-country cycling, particularly over mountain passes...
I need not continue as you get my drift. It's what we live for, and in fact, it's why so many people visit Summit county each year - for the adrenaline rush.
Oh, please. Turns out Sheriff Minor is from the U.K.: "Born in England, John Minor grew up in a working class neighborhood across the bay from Liverpool. In 1980, the Minor family packed their belongings and moved to Colorado, where options seemed better."...and that there are legitimate public safety concerns arising from the presence of deadly weapons and open-carry firearms in county facilities.
Sheriff Minor should return home to the land of the not so free and the very not brave. Colorado is NOT the state for him.
Fortunately, his is an elected position, so let's get him out and get someone in office who's willing to repeal his brand of horse hocky.
If anyone wants to contact Sheriff Minor and explain a few things about why OC good, infringement of 2A rights bad, be my guest.
What people need to do is show up wearing a shirt of jacket that has the following on the front and back in big, bold letters:
"I am carrying a concealed gun"
What can they do about it? Nothing. Then they can pat themselves on the back again for banning OC.
Once again they pass a law that only affects the law abiding. I do like the discrimination lawsuit idea.
How about a t-shirt that reads:
in compliance with
recent ban on
in many county facilities.
Knowing Summit County, I'd probably meet up with a deputy willing to bend (break) the law by arresting me for creating a public disturbance, nuisance, DC, or some other trumped-up charge, and a judge willing to bend (break) the law by claiming "if you're wearing the t-shirt, you're OC, not CC."
Very interesting (and IMHO poor) wording.
My question is the definition of "Display". WA state Courts have ruled that a handgun in a holster is not "displayed" and that a peacefully carried, holstered firearm does not (in the legal sense) warrant alarm in a "reasonable person".
(sorry, I do not have the reference right now, I do remember the female Judge saying in her opinion that an OC would cause her concern also, but that a holstered OC firearm is not a "display" and does not "warrant alarm for the safety of other persons" according to the law. RCW 9.41.270(1) )
Is there anything llike that in Colorado
I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do those things to other people and I require the same of them.
Politicians should serve two terms, one in office and one in prison.(borrowed from RioKid)