Gun-free CU-Boulder dorms are target areas for criminals, student group says
Huff says the campus police department has many safety measures in place for dorms. There are typically attendants in the lobbies, students need identification cards to get into buildings and their rooms, there's a full-time police force that is certified with the same training as the City of Boulder's police officers, and these officers are able to respond quickly to any incident that may arise.
As another spokesman for Boulder told us last month, dorms involve specific contracts, which is why the university is allowed to restrict guns there.
Huff says one reason for this policy involves concerns over having guns in a dorm environment and how they might be safely stored -- and what could happen if another student were able to get access to such a weapon.
"People who live in the residence halls who are gun owners are typically pretty responsible," Huff says, noting that gun-owners are allowed to check in their guns with the campus police department.
"I don't believe changing firearm laws on campus is going to make a difference," Burnett says in response to the university's concerns that students without permits could access guns. Burnett argues that an individual who wants to commit a crime would illegally obtain a gun some other way, like taking one from a relative's house or breaking into a car.
(That argument resembles comments from Governor John Hickenlooper in the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, when he said he doesn't think stricter gun laws would have stopped alleged shooter James Holmes).
In response to concerns from professors about guns on campus, Huff says he also doesn't know of any problems with guns in classrooms or professors asking the police department to check permits.
"While it can be concerning that there's the potential to have a firearm in the classroom, we have not had reports of any problems with that," Huff says, noting that there were no issues before or after the March ruling.
For his part, Burnett says worried professors are missing the bigger picture.
"I think they are legitimate feelings, but they are misinformed feelings," he says. "I'm assuming that none of these professors fear for their life when going out to the grocery store or shopping mall or movie theater or restaurant. And these are places that permitted citizens have carried in for years without incident."
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