Reversing The Gun Ban?

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El Paso County is considering letting anyone openly carry a firearm into most government buildings -- reversing a ban in place since 1996.

County commissioners agreed yesterday to consider eliminating the rule after lobbying from the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, a local gun-rights group.

But community activist Walter Lawson says the proposal may hinder participation in public meetings, because people may not want to discuss emotional issues with a person with a weapon.

State laws passed in 2003 limit local governments' ability to regulate firearms and said governments can't prohibit concealed weapons from public buildings.

However, they can ban people from carrying weapons openly.

County officials have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the policy on March 14th, with a commission vote occurring soon afterward.