Loaded gun left in college bathroom up for grabs

6:07 PM, Mar 3, 2011   |    comments
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A loaded handgun was left on the back of a toilet in a campus bathroom.

The pistol, and its brown leather holster, were found by a student Monday evening in a first-floor bathroom in the Challenger Point building. The pistol had a fully-loaded 15-round magazine, but did not have a round in the chamber.

Concealed carry is allowed on the Front Range campus and the rest of the Colorado Community College system.

A campus spokesman said college safety officers secured the gun and turned it over to Fort Collins Police.

The lost handgun can be claimed by its owner from the evidence room at the Fort Collins Police Department.

"That's a hell of an oversight," said the father of the student who found the gun. "What would have happened if some nutbag grabbed it?"

The father asked not to be identified, saying he fears retaliation by the absent-minded gun owner.

"They're supposed to be responsible gun owners, right? That's how they get to carry a permit," the father said. "I don't see where that's responsible."

"It certainly is unfortunate but I don't believe it's time to call in the National Guard," said Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a gun-rights lobbying group.

Brown says it's not unheard of for a firearm to be left in a restroom.

"If you carry a gun every day, chances are good you could leave it somewhere," Brown said. "Especially in those circumstances where you're paying attention to something else."

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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