Denver will consider banning concealed carry in public buildings and parks

The proposal is connected to Mayor Michael Hancock’s public safety plan.
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Instructor Anubis Heru works with Ikaika Hill inside 17 Seventy Armory and Gun Club’s new “virtual” range in Five Points. Oct. 17, 2020.
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The City Attorney's Office is proposing a bill that would make it illegal for people to have concealed guns in public buildings and parks.

The proposal would ban carrying guns in city-owned or -leased buildings and parks, and according to City Attorney's Office spokesperson Jacqlin Davis, it will adopt a portion of a statewide law passed last year.

Denver is already home to some of the toughest gun laws in the state. Open carry, for example, is not allowed in the city unless you're a cop or a licensed security guard. Similarly, cops, military personnel and licensed security guards would be exempt from the new proposal, according to city documents.

People are allowed to have concealed guns in Denver, but they require a permit. Under the proposal, people with permits wouldn't be able to have concealed guns in public buildings.

The new proposal is part of Mayor Michael Hancock's public safety plan, which he introduced in February amid an increase in certain crimes in the city.

The bill adopts a statewide statute Gov. Jared Polis signed into law last year that allows cities to establish their own gun regulations.

"The act declares that the regulation of firearms is a matter of state and local concern and permits local governments to enact laws that prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns in designated buildings or areas (even without metal detectors)," Davis wrote in an email to Denverite.

A Denver City Council committee is scheduled to hear the bill on April 13. If it passes the committee, the full council would consider the bill in May.

Earlier this year the city banned "ghost guns," which are untraceable firearms assembled from gun parts or kits.

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