El Paso County residents with concealed weapons permits can now carry their guns into county parks. County commissioners voted 5 to zero last night to immediately repeal part of a 1996 ban. It prohibited firearms, alcohol, glass containers, open fires and fireworks in county parks.
Commissioner Tom Huffman says the ban on firearms never should
have been passed. County resident Flora Holmes argued against the change. She says guns in parks are potentially dangerous because some parks are adjacent to schools.
County Attorney Mike Lucas says the new rule applies to county
parks within Colorado Springs city limits even though the city itself
prohibits carrying a gun in a park.
About 4,000 people in El Paso County have permits to carry concealed weapons.