Well, here's something relevant:
A 48-year-old man who was arrested Sunday night at a Thornton movie theater where he wore a holstered weapon said he was simply exercising his right to bear arms.
James G. Mapes was arrested at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the Cinebarre Movie Theater, 1001 N. Grant St., after he openly carried a handgun into the theater, Thornton police said in a media release.
"The subject's possession of the firearm caused alarm to the theater staff and fellow movie patrons," police said in the release.
He was booked on suspicion of "possession of a dangerous weapon," in violation of municipal ordinance 38-237, police said.
Mapes was issued a summons and released.
Investigators confiscated the gun as evidence in the case.
However, according to Thornton municipal code section 38-237, a "dangerous weapon" is defined as:
Dangerous weapon means any artificial knuckles, bow, crossbow, machine gun, short rifle, or shotgun, knife, nunchaku, spikes, throwing star, as defined in this subsection, or other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, whether animate or inanimate, which, in the manner it is used, is intended to produce bodily injury.
Note that a firearm is defined separately and more precisely which suggests that the rules pertaining to "dangerous weapon" referring to the specific definition above:
Firearm means any handgun, automatic, revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, or other instrument or device capable of or intended to be capable of discharging bullets, cartridges or other explosive charges, excluding gas guns, as defined in Section 38-239(a).
Granted, the line "or other weapon, device, instrument...which, in the manner it is used, is intended to produce bodily injury." looks like it creates some overlap. But that won't matter in a moment...
Now, 38-237 (b) (1) says:
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly possess on or about the person or within such person's immediate reach any dangerous weapon.
And 38-237 (b) (5) says:
It shall be unlawful for any person to display or flourish a dangerous weapon, firearm, air gun, bludgeon, chemical agent or slingshot in a manner calculated to alarm another person.
Granted, this statement could be very tightly interpreted...and I suspect an attempt will be made to do so.
However, the exceptions under 38-237 (d) (4) says:
A person issued a written permit to carry a concealed handgun issued by any sheriff authorized to issue such permits within the state and the carrying of such weapon is within the terms of such permit.
P.S. For those who don't know, Thornton, CO is about 30 minutes from Aurora, CO.