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Colorado universities offer gun storage to students

Monte Whaley
The Denver Post
GUNLOCKER16-- Commander, Tim McGraw, of The University of Colorado Police Department, shows off the gun locker, where students can store their weapons through the school year. Mostly they store shotguns, and handguns, but they also have a few swords and paint ball guns. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post

BOULDER – Nearly every college and university in the state bars students from having weapons on campus.

But at Colorado’s three largest institutions of higher learning, there are large caches of student-owned weaponry that would be the envy of many police departments.

“We have quite a variety on hand,” said Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, police chief at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the last university system that still allows concealed weapons on its campuses.

On any given day, there may be up to 50 rifles with scopes, shotguns, handguns and long knives stored at CSU, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Stashed alongside are ninja swords, paintball guns and an occasional martial-arts nunchuck or crossbow.

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They are secured in lockers deep inside campus police departments where they are monitored 24 hours a day.

Students with proper identification, a clear background check and a claim tag can take them out any time.

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