CSU rescinds gun ban

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Guns will continue to be legal on the Colorado State University System’s two campuses.

The CSU Board of Governors voted Wednesday to rescind a campus gun ban, citing a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling last month that overturned a similar ban at the University of Colorado.

The appeals court sided with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which argued the CU policy violated the Colorado Concealed Carry Act.

The CSU board had approved the ban for its campuses in Fort Collins and Pueblo in February. It was to take effect in August.

After the ruling against CU, SCCC and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association filed a complaint against CSU in Larimer County District Court, saying the CU ruling clears the way to overturn campus weapons bans, including CSU’s policy.

“Clearly CSU did not have a leg to stand on, and they saw a lawsuit that gave them absolutely no choice,” said Dudley Brown, director of the RMGO.

Brady Allen, a senior studying history at CSU and an outspoken opponent of the CSU weapons ban said, “I think they finally realized it would be a waste of student’s money to fight it in court.”

A judge had previously thrown out the CU case in May 2009, saying he found nothing in the state constitution that would prohibit a campus gun ban.

The 2003 Concealed Carry Act prohibits local governments from limiting concealed carry rights. To obtain a concealed carry permit, applicants must be at least 21 and must undergo an extensive background check.

“It’s unfortunate that the school (CSU) will be allowing guns on campus,” said Daniel Vice, senior attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “It will be one of the few colleges in the nation to do so and will endanger the lives of students at the school.”

Gun-rights advocates say gun-free campuses make students vulnerable to attack. Currently, 26 states ban concealed weapons on any school property. Twenty-two states allow individual campuses to decide.

The Utah Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that colleges must allow concealed weapons on campuses.

Jim Manley, Mountain States Legal Foundation staff attorney, said CSU students have grown comfortable with the idea that self-defense on campus is no less important, and no more threatening, than self-defense off-campus.

CU continues to enforce its 1994 policy banning weapons from campus.

“They (CSU) obviously have to do what they believe is best to do for their campuses,” said Ken McConnellogue, spokesman for CU. He said campus officials have not yet decided whether to appeal the court’s decision.

Jim Manley, attorney for SCCC in the lawsuit against CU, said the university has until May 12 ask the Court of Appeals to rehear the case, or until June 1 to appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court.
-Associated Press

3 Responses to CSU rescinds gun ban

  1. Is no one else worried about college students, getting drunk, acting stupid and having a firearm on them already. I understand the need for self defense and I am not in favor in doing away with the 2nd amendment. However, there is a time and place to have a concealed weapon. Math class is not one of them..

    May 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

  2. The homicide rates of murders in Washington DC “should” resolve any concern about permitting guns on campus. In DC, the murder rate is one of the highest in the country and has the lowest of solved murders in the country (less than 6% of murders solved, therefore, murderers know they will not get caught). Texas on the other hand (a state where MANY carry guns) is one of the lowest. You simply detour crimes, because you “never know who’s carrying”. Keeps crimes low.

    Even with the college, I think in NC that was shot up a while back, could have prevented many more murders if other students/faculty/security were allowed to carry guns. Look right here in Colorado Springs, the shooting at New Life Church could have been MUCH worse, had there not been armed folks there.

    Suggested GOOD reading material with great facts and stats (verified) read the book
    “Arguing with Idiots”, Chapter 2 deals with our second ammendment right- I’m not saying any readers are idiots (some are), but what I AM saying, is get the facts to make intelligent decisions. Know the pro’s and the con’s. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

    This is a GOOD decision by the Board of Governors, even though they saw no choice.

    Guns Don't Kill people
    May 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  3. NO GUN zones are actually ‘victim zones’ telling the criminals and lunatics where to go to kill people without any resistance. I’m glad to see that CSU will now recognize 2nd Amendment Rights and obey Colorado State law.

    As to drunk students on campus… Check the FBI statistics. Those with conceal carry permits are TEN times LESS likely to commit a crime than the average person on the street who does not have a conceal carry permit. The reason is …. those with conceal carry permits hold themselves to a higher standard of behavior….when they carry… Its a fact, check the state and FBI statistics.

    Michael Theimer
    May 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm