Aurora lawmakers voted Monday to end a 15-year ban on pit bulls by lifting the city’s restricted breed ordinance.
The Aurora City Council’s 7-3 repeal of the votes allows Aurora residents to own Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers within the city limits.
Aurora voters opposed an election in 2014 that would have lifted the city’s restricted race ordinance. Almost 64% of the votes were in favor of compliance with the law.
Mayor Mike Coffman suggested introducing an electoral measure to lift the ban, which would have been voted on in November 2021. Instead, the council members decided to vote.
In November, voters in Denver decisively lifted the city’s 30-year pit bull ban. Castle Rock’s elected leaders did the same two years earlier, ending a 26-year ban on pit bulls in the city of Douglas County.
Commerce City is also working to get rid of racial laws, with a final vote on the matter scheduled for this month.