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Commissioners ban gun shows at the fairgrounds

Ban came with little comment
A selection of guns for sale at Grandpa's Pawn and Gun in Longmont in June 2020.


The Boulder County Commissioners Thursday unanimously voted to ban gun shows from the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

The move with little comment from the commissioners and no comment from the public during the public hearing. The gun show ban was part of an update of the fairgrounds manual which also removed the 3.2 limit for alcoholic beverages and made minor changes to camping rules.

The fairgrounds manual now says: “Boulder County will not lease any portion of the Fairgrounds to any person or entity for gun shows.”

Commission chair Marta Loachamin and vice chair Claire Levy voted 2-0 for the manual update. Commissioner Matt Jones was absent.

Loachamin said before she voted that the updates on the fairgrounds manual were “timely.” She added the county is now undergoing a major renovation of the fairgrounds facilities, which are located in Longmont.

The county commissioners are facing a legal challenge to their decision to vote for five gun control ordinances on Aug. 2.

U.S. District Judge Charlotte Sweeney this week temporarily blocked the enforcement of the ordinance related to the prohibition banning the sale, transfer and manufacturing of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in unincorporated Boulder County.

Two gun rights groups — Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, or RMGO, and National Foundation for Gun Rights — filed an amended complaint Aug. 18 against the county, targeting the ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The temporary restraining order will be in effect for 14 days and a hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 8.