CU modifies concealed carry rights on campus

10:38 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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The university says concealed carry permit holders (CCP) can still live in undergraduate dorms, but they have to leave their gun at the campus police station or they can live in graduate housing.

Deb Coffin, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, says the university has researched and put a lot of thought into their decision to ban weapons from certain dorms.

"We have a contractual flexibility when it relates to those issues, housing and ticket holding events to establish terms and conditions," Coffin said.

The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association says the university has the right to ask students to leave their concealed weapons somewhere else, but they can't legally force them to do anything.

"The CCP holder still has all the rights granted to them by the state legislature and that were affirmed by the Colorado Supreme Court," John Sternberg with the RMGO said. "The CCP holder is not obligated to comply with their request."

CU officials say the rule would only affect less than four percent of their student body, since concealed weapon permits are only given to people 21 years or older.

The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association says they'll be monitoring the situation on campus throughout the year, and if necessary, they'll bring their case to court. The university says if that happens they will be prepared to argue their case and they'll let the court decide.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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