Colorado

Aug 19, 2014 3:43 AM by Kate Tripp

Castle Rock voters decide future of open carry law

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - Castle Rock voters may have to wait to find out who gets to say whether people are allowed to openly carry firearms in public spaces.

A mail-in special election on the matter ends Tuesday.

A lawsuit challenging the election was dismissed Monday. Town officials have warned the lawsuit could delay results because counting was interrupted.

In January, the town council voted to allow the open carry of firearms in town buildings and parks but not schools or courts. Residents who opposed the move forced an election on the issue.

Currently, the town manager has the authority over the open carry of firearms in public buildings and parks. Voters are being asked whether to remove that authority and whether future decisions on gun restrictions should be left to voters to decide.

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