Denver Museum of Nature and Science now allowing concealed carry

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DENVER -- A controversy at the the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as the board of directors  will now allow patrons to conceal-carry guns inside.

The social media reaction is mixed, with a response already on Twitter:

One person says, “will not be attending the museum and will be urging a boycott -- until you replace your board of directors.”

On the other side - another tweet reads, “I applaud your board of directors for their decision after consulting with Denver Police.”

The museum started responding to people last night, and redirected them to email socialmedia@dmns.org for more information.

That’s after a Westword article came out about the policy change.

According to that article, the museum started looking at this after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino.

The board of directors consulted with the Denver Police Department and they voted early this month to lift the ban.

So concealed carry firearms are now allowed inside the museum. That’s for those with a permit, which does require a background check and training.

Under state law, permit holders can carry in all areas except K through 12 schools, certain federal builidings and private properties where the owner has banned it.

Other venues - including the Denver Zoo and the Denver Art Museum already allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry guns inside.

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