CU-Boulder allows guns in family housing units, CSU says no

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No guns in dorms.
As CU-Boulder continues to get attention for its new rule allowing concealed-carry-permit holders to have guns in some family housing units, Colorado State University in Fort Collins is sticking with a stricter policy.

At CSU, guns aren't allowed in any dormitories or apartments, period. And officials say they have no plans at this time to change that, no matter what CU is doing.

In March, the University of Colorado was ordered to allow people with concealed-carry permits to possess guns on their campuses, just two years after CU-Boulder added Nerf guns to its banned weapons list.

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CSU residence hall, where guns aren't allowed.
Earlier this week, a CU-Boulder spokesman told us that CU has nixed guns at football games, concerts and other ticketed events, but will allow those with concealed-carry permits to keep weapons in a limited number of family housing units. (And even if professors really don't want guns in their classrooms, there's not much they can do to stop a student who legally has a right to bring a gun to class).

Over at CSU in Fort Collins, however, the rules are clear and won't be changing anytime soon. CSU spokesman Mike Hooker directs us to the written weapons policy, which says in part:

Individuals carrying concealed handguns must have a lawful Colorado concealed weapons permit issued by a Colorado sheriff in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statutes, section 18-12-206. However, concealed handguns may not be carried or stored in the residence halls or CSU apartments at any time, per the Mandatory Firearm Check-in and Storage policy.

In other words, no guns where people live.

"Weapons of all sorts, not just guns, are not allowed in residence halls or apartments," notes Hooker, adding that CSU will continue to comply with state law for concealed-carry-permit holders.

At CSU, Hooker explains, residents can check in guns with the CSU Police Department and have 24-7 access to them. "We try to make it as easy and accessible a system as possible...while also maintaining the rule that they are not allowed to have weapons in residence halls."

He says that CSU has kept an eye on policy changes at other universities and relevant court cases, but points out that the CSU policy will remain, since it reflects state law.

"Certainly you look at your policies in light of things that happen elsewhere, but at this point, we are comfortable with our policy," he says.

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What you anti freedom folks aren't getting is that a person who has a legal concealed carry permit has already gone through a thorough background check, has been photographed and fingerprinted, has been through a mandated training session, is 21 or older, and has coughed up the not unsubstantial fee to get that permit. CCW holders are the real "card carrying" good guys! Nobody who has been through the process is going to risk loosing their permit by doing something stupid. The ones who cause trouble are the ones who will ignore any rule (the theater in Aurora had "No Guns Allowed" stickers on the doors) anyway. Ever notice that all of the mass shootings are always at Gun Free Zones? Nobody ever tries to shoot up a police station or a gun show.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Can't believe we even have to discuss the issue, no guns should be allowed at all.

Tender Mercies
Tender Mercies

That's a surprise considering CU is so liberal and CSU is in cow town.

Katie Pollard
Katie Pollard

What's the point of getting a conceal-carry permit if you can't use it? Where do you draw the line between public places and private property?

Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones

As a UCCS student, I feel unsafe knowing any dumbass around me could have a gun on them. Just because they're trained in the safety features of their weapon doesn't mean they can make good judgment when it comes time to use it.



Bravo for you! It could not have been stated any better, and it will be very interesting to follow the inevitable court case that comes out of all this. We should get an ear full.


Convincing the court that all necessary controls have been implemented to assure complete safety for those housed in "residence halls or apartments," thus, firearms for self protection are unnecessary, should provide interesting discussion.  Further, in order to comply with CSU regulations a student with a CCW must go to the CSU Police Department to retrieve his or her firearm whenever leaving their residence, and, subsequently, repeating the process when returning to their residence, is another detail for consideration. If this is done every day as a student goes about daily life, with the probability that the process will need to be accomplished numerous times per day, including the inevitable administrative paperwork, it could easily be concluded that the process is nothing more than harassment of a citizen taking advantage of their legal rights.  

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