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CU-Boulder law student Katherine Whitney doesn't want the policy to change. She wanted to come forward and show her face so that people know what it looks like for someone to conceal and carry.

"It doesn't look like James Holmes. It looks like professional students that just want to exercise the right to defend themselves," Whitney, who has had a permit to carry her firearm since last spring, said.

She's concerned about the move to propose legislation that would give campuses the right to decide for themselves.

Democrat State Representative Claire Levy of Boulder is preparing to introduce a bill during the next legislative session that would put decisions on gun bans into the hands of colleges and universities.

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.

"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.

Whitney says she has a right to conceal and carry.

"I have a difficult time understanding why I'm any less deserving of protection when I'm on this campus, than when I'm across the street," she said.

"Although I very much would like to not have to identify myself and not speak up, it's important that someone does, or the faculty will continue lobbying to change the legislation and limit our freedoms," added Whitney.

CSU has allowed guns in the form of conceal and carry on campus for about a decade.

Representative Levy says the issue isn't about gun policy, but about local control.

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