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Campus Carry Regains Momentum in Colorado

Friday, April 16, 2010

On Thursday, April 15th, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision from last spring that upheld the University of Colorado’s (CU) prohibition against concealed carry on its campus.  The ban imposed on students, employees and visitors also extended to storage or transportation of guns in vehicle trunks across campus property. 

The CU Board of Regents adopted the gun ban in 1994, but Students for Concealed Carry and three CU students sued, arguing their rights were being violated under the Colorado Constitution’s right to bear arms.  The plaintiffs also argued that the Colorado Concealed Carry Statute was being violated by the university’s prohibition.  This latest decision means that the issue will be sent back to the lower courts; however CU may opt to appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court. 

In a new development, on Friday, the local chapter of Students for Concealed Carry filed suit against Colorado State University (CSU), the state’s other major public university.  CSU’s Board of Governors banned concealed carry in February despite an overwhelming majority vote of support for gun rights by the CSU Student Senate and support from local Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden.  CSU had allowed carry for several years before the change in policy earlier this year. 

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