Colorado: Anti-Gun Officials in Boulder Continue to Violate State Law

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Colorado: Anti-Gun Officials in Boulder Continue to Violate State Law

Charlotte, NC –-(  Recently, it was brought to our attention that the City of Boulder and their Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) division have been in direct violation of Colorado law by posting signs that prohibit the carrying of firearms.

During the 2000 legislative session, a law was enacted that preempted localities and municipalities from regulating the legal concealed carrying of a firearm except for certain sensitive areas of the state.  Since then, this law has been recognized and reaffirmed in subsequent court rulings, City and County of Denver v. State, No. 03-CV-3809 (Colo. Dist. Ct. Nov. 5, 2004) and Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, LLC(2012 CO 17. No. 10SC344).

Both of these cases, one of which by the highest court in the state, have ruled that the lawful carry of a firearm by a valid concealed carry permit holder can only be regulated in very narrow circumstances and that places such as the OSMP in Boulder do not qualify for this exemption.

Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr brazenly stated today that he has no plans to remove these signs, stating that a person cannot carry a firearm in the OSMP of Boulder and that he will continue to enforce this local regulation.

This local regulation is in direct violation of Colorado law.  The willingness to openly defy this court-tested statute is just another example of the anti-gun crowd in Colorado erroneously going after law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen while ignoring potential solutions that would address violent crime.

Please call AND e-mail Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr and politely ask that he remove these signs as they are in violation of state law and illegally deceive law-abiding concealed carry permit holders in Colorado.

Tom Carr
Boulder City Attorney
Phone: 303-441-3020
E-mail: [email protected]

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neutral and stu are the trouble with this country,spineless and dumb and refuse to see real facts,which is ,no one will protect you like yourself,if you got the balls

Dr Dave

Sign being a sign the question has anyone violated the sign and been arrested for doing so. Just because there is a sign doesn’t mean the sign’s statement is enforceable
The key is to enforce the action. I doubt the sign can be enforced so hang the sign and carry your weapon then if they attempt to enforce the sign we shall see who has the greater power the SCOTUS who has determined that the state is more powerful then the local or the local who wants to thumb its nose at the state and Federal rulings
Dr D

Bill Moore

This showed up in my Google news since I live in Boulder county.

Clearly, you folks haven’t been to Boulder. It is a mostly white, arrogant, rich, elitist group of trust fund hippies. They call it it The Peoples Republic of Boulder, and describe it as “six square miles of beauty surrounded by the rest of reality.”

Good luck.


I believe that, although this is not the direction we want gun regulations to go, this was done with good intentions. However violating laws to make other laws is not a good starting point. We need to come to the conclusion that school shootings are getting more and more common and this is not a fact we should just live with. We should actively avoid this outcome in a positive manner for all. What all of us have to remember is that the people representing our state are just people, flawed as all of us and we need to have… Read more »

Stu Strickler

I’ll follow the state law, no matter what state I’m in!


I don’t know about CO, but in SC if the sign does not fit very strict exact specifications, it is null and void and that makes it a carry area. Just one small thing like size, angle, place on the door, color, can make it just a scrap of paper and no one has to obey it.


It would seem that there is a power struggle going on between the Boulder City attorney and the state Attorney General. If the law is being broken, as stated, then it is incumbent on the State’s Attorney General to take legal action beginning with arrest and removal of illegal signs. Of course, citizens could simply remove the illegal signs….

A simple question: When are people going to stand up to and challenge these illegal, unethical and or immoral activities instead of running around like disorganized sheep?