Castle Rock voters narrowly expand open carry rights; group claims election void

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Castle Rock voters appeared Thursday to have taken away the town manager’s power to restrict the open carry of firearms in municipal buildings and parks.

Referendum A, which asked whether the town manager should lose the authority to ban the open carrying of firearms in public buildings and parks, narrowly passed 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent (4,737 to 4,586).

Another referendum asking whether any future laws regulating firearms should be put to a public vote rather than a vote by the town council also passed.

The results had yet to be certified Thursday night.

Meanwhile, a local group called the Committee for Constitutional Rights issued a statement claiming that the city failed to provide some voters with legally mandated ballot secrecy sleeves, thus invalidating the results of the entire special election.

Neither Yes nor No sides have anything to celebrate,” the group said. “Voters voted their ballots with knowledge that their personal votes could be monitored by the Town.  The clear law in Colorado makes this a void election, and will ultimately require a new election.  Lawsuits will continue in court to seek to have this election voided.”

It was not immediately clear whether the group’s claim had merit.