Chronology of Council actions on firearms

Council actions in 2014
An ordinance related to open carry has been in Town Code since 2003, an addition made when the State Legislature passed Senate Bill 03-025, which, among other things, allowed local governments to enact ordinances to prohibit open carry of firearms within buildings or areas within the government’s jurisdiction.

In June 2013, Town Council discussed reevaluating the 2003 ordinance.

Here is a look at the Town Council discussions and decisions since June 2013. Links include access to both video of the meetings and related staff memos.

June 4, 2013: Town Council directed staff to evaluate repealing the Town’s open-carry ordinance. 

Sept. 17, 2013: Town staff presented its research. Council directed the drafting of a new ordinance. Council stated the new ordinance should transition authority for whether to prohibit or permit open carry to the Town Council from the Town Manager, and to clarify the restrictions. 

Dec. 3, 2013: The new ordinance was presented and discussed. Council voted to table the ordinance and directed staff to draft an ordinance that would completely repeal prohibitions on open carry within Town Code. 

Jan. 21, 2014: The ordinance to repeal open carry prohibitions on Town-owned property was approved 4-3. A special meeting was scheduled for Jan. 28, to consider the ordinance on second and final reading. 

Jan. 28, 2014: The ordinance to completely repeal open carry prohibitions on Town-owned property was approved 4-3 on second reading. The ordinance was set to go into effect on Feb. 27. 

April 14, 2014: During a special meeting, Town Council voted to hold a special election on this, and possibly other, issues.

May 6, 2014:  Town Council considered ballot language on open carry. An ordinance to set a special election date and formal ballot language would be up for Town Council consideration as well. 

May 20, 2014: Town Council set the formal ballot question language and the election date of Aug. 19. Council discussed whether there will also be a charter question related to firearms on the ballot. Town Council called a special meeting for Thursday, May 22, to discuss publishing notice regarding a potential charter question on that same ballot.

May 22, 2014: Town Council directed staff to craft the proposed ordinance and publish notification of the first Council reading, which will be on June 3. 

June 3, 2014: Town Council passes first reading of an ordinance to place a charter question on the Aug. 19 special election ballot. 

June 17, 2014: Town Council passes second and reading of an ordinance to place a question on the Aug. 19 ballot, meaning both questions will appear on the ballot. 

Results of the special election
Both measures passed. As a result, the open carry of firearms is allowed in all Town-owned buildings and parks, except for Castle Rock Municipal Court when in session. As a result of Measure B passing, any future restrictions on the open carry of firearms on Town-owned property must be decided by Castle Rock voters. 

Ballot questions

A. REFERENDUM ON ORDINANCE NO. 2014-03 will read:

SHALL TOWN COUNCIL ORDINANCE 2014-03 BE APPROVED WHICH ORDINANCE REVOKES THE AUTHORITY OF- THE TOWN MANAGER UNDER THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT THE OPEN CARRYING OF FIREARMS WITHIN MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS, PARKS, RECREATION AREAS AND OTHER MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK?

YES ___ NO ___


B. HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT will read:

SHALL THE TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SECTION 1-5 TO READ AS FOLLOWS?

Section 1-5. Constitutional Rights.

Any restriction or limitation on the rights of citizens to keep and bear firearms enacted by the Town Council shall require the approval of the registered electors as a referred measure under Section 15-4 of this Charter. This Section shall not apply toTown Council action which makes unlawful the discharge or brandishing of firearms. This Section shall govern and control over Articles II and VII or any other conflicting provision of this Charter, and shall apply only to Council action taken after its adoption.