Court sides those seeking guns on CU campus
Associated Press Writer
DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in favor of a group seeking to allow students with concealed gun permits to carry their weapons on campus.
Gun rights organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus argued the 1994 CU policy banning concealed weapons from its campus violates state gun laws, particularly the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. The ruling revives a lawsuit that a judge tossed out.
Attorney Jim Manley had argued that state law prohibits local governments from adopting laws limiting concealed carry rights. In a statement, Manley says the court vindicated the constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms.
CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue said Thursday an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court is under consideration.
McConnellogue said the decision will not immediately change operations on campus but called the ruling worrisome because of its potential effects on the CU Board of Regents’s jurisdiction over its campus.
To obtain a concealed carry permit, applicants must be at least 21 and must undergo an extensive background check.
Many college campuses nationwide ban concealed weapons, but gun-rights advocates say gun-free campuses make students vulnerable to attack.
The question took on greater prominence after a gunman at Virginia Tech killed 32 people and wounded 23 before killing himself in 2007. Since then, proposals to repeal campus gun bans have been considered in many states.
Currently, 26 states ban concealed weapons on any school property. Twenty-three states, including Colorado, allow individual campuses to decide.
A Utah Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that colleges are not an exception to a state law allowing concealed weapons on state property.