CU-Boulder doesn't think gun restrictions discriminate against concealed-carry holders
|Weapons will still be banned at CU-Boulder's dorms.|
In response, Hilliard says that "with a decision of this magnitude, it's never made lightly. The process involved extensive legal discussion with our attorneys and extensive legal review, including doing some research into what other universities around the country have done, and how military bases accommodate concealed carry. We talked to Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base, as well as undergraduate students, graduate students, parents, faculty and staff. And then we had an extensive review that began in late spring, shortly after the Colorado Supreme Court decision, and it continued intensely throughout the summer. It's not an off-the-cuff decision."
Did the Aurora theater shooting -- allegedly committed by James Holmes, who was in the midst of withdrawing from a neuroscience program at CU's Anschutz campus in Aurora when the attack took place -- factor in?
"By the time the tragedy in Aurora happened, we were well into the process," Hilliard replies. "It certainly was a difficult emotional situation for all of us in the CU family, and we knew it would certainly factor into the news coverage of whatever our eventual decision was. But I don't think it would be accurate to say it changed the trajectory of the discussions at all. We were fully aware of all the scenarios that can come out of issues with firearms, both positive and negative."
Nevertheless, Hilliard emphasizes that "we don't screen our students for having a concealed-carry permit when they apply to come here. The only way that comes to our attention is through the process of applying for housing. We're not doing anything to single out concealed-carry-permit carriers, and they can move freely around the campus."
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