A Right to Bear Arms in Denver?

Should a Washington resident who has a concealed weapons permit from Florida be allowed to openly carry a hand gun in Denver? That is the question currently presented to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit now that Plaintiff Gray Peterson was recently denied his motion for summary judgment in Denver District Court against Alvin LaCabe.
LaCabe is a former ex officio sheriff and Manager of Safety for the City and County of Denver who was in charge of issuing the licenses, denied Peterson’s request and has since retired.
With a few exceptions, in Colorado it is unlawful to carry a concealed firearm without a license. Peterson challenged the residency requirement on three constitutional grounds. He alleged that Colorado’s state statutes are unconstitutional regarding permits to carry concealed handguns since it requires the applicant be a resident of the state and disputed Denver’s lack of carry license reciprocity. If Peterson was a resident of Florida where he currently holds a carry license, he would be able to carry a gun in Denver.
The Attorney General for the State of Colorado intervened and presented its own cross-motion for summary judgment asking the court to “uphold the constitutionality of Colorado’s residency requirement for the issuance of concealed handgun permits”.
After reviewing the motions before the court, Judge Miller found that the statute at issue did not violate the plaintiff’s constitutional rights, dismissed his claims and ordered defendants to be reimbursed for their costs.
Peterson has appealed his case, which is now entitled Peterson v. Garcia, et al.

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