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Summit County bans open firearms from county facilities

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

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.

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