Bill would allow CU to ban guns

7:16 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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Her proposed legislation is in response to a state supreme court ruling this past March that threw out the University of Colorado's long standing ban of guns on campus. The policy had been successfully challenged by Students for Concealed Carry.

"The supreme court ruled that when the legislature passed the Concealed Carry Act in 2003, the legislators made the decision to allow concealed carry everywhere in the state, including college campuses," says Jim Manley with Mountain States Legal Foundation, the attorney who represented Students for Concealed Carry.

CU complied with the ruling by the state supreme court but concerns from university faculty members have come with it.

"What really motivated me to do this was the faculty members, who reached out to me and said, 'wait a minute; are you saying that I have to teach in a classroom in which somebody may be carrying a gun and I don't know it,'" Levy said.

"What I'm planning to do is introduce legislation that would allow CU to make the decision whether or not to allow guns on campus," she explained. "I'm not going to have a bill that requires a ban or prohibits anything. I really think that the regents are the appropriate body to make the decision whether or not guns should be allowed on campus."

Her proposed legislation is similar to a law in 24 other states that gives individual colleges and universities the power to decide whether or not to allow guns on campus. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21 states have laws that ban carrying a concealed weapon on college campuses.

Five states, including Colorado, allow the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses.

"It is a little bit confusing why she's doing it now," Manley said. "We've had concealed carry on campus for almost a decade up at Colorado State, and it hasn't caused any problems. The folks at CU who are opposed to the policy change should take the time to talk to their colleagues up at CSU and see what concealed carry on campus really looks like."

Representative Levy will host a forum this Friday with faculty at CU to discuss the proposed legislation.

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