By Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - A successful petition drive has put on hold a new ordinance in Castle Rock that allows people to openly carry firearms in public buildings and parks.

The Castle Rock town clerk on Thursday determined there are enough valid signatures to move forward with a referendum on the open carry issue.

The Town Council voted in January to repeal a ban on openly carrying a firearm in town-owned public buildings and parks.

A petition drive opposing the council’s action collected more than the nearly 1,900 signatures needed. The town clerk validated nearly 2,250 signatures.

There is still a 40-day protest period before Town Council must either rescind its new ordinance or set an election date for voters to decide the matter.

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