Chiefs of Police Association: College campuses should have the right to set gun policies

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The contentious debate over the rights of permit-holders to bring guns onto college campuses was back in the spotlight last week with news that a University of Colorado staffer accidentally fired her handgun, injuring herself and a colleague. Now a representative of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police says it's clear that colleges should have the right to make their own gun policies.

The issue of how campuses can regulate guns in Colorado got a lot of attention in the state surrounding a long battle, led by a student group, to allow those with concealed-carry permits to bring guns on to campuses. That national organization, Students for Concealed Carry, won the fight when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in March that CU had to respect the rights of permitted gun-holders. It was a big shift in on-campus policy, given the fact that two years earlier, CU-Boulder had added Nerf guns to its weapons ban.

Since the March ruling, the discussion of its ramifications has ranged from how officials can regulate guns in dormitories and at campus events to what rights professors have to cancel a lecture if students bring guns into a classroom.

One of the main arguments of the gun rights' groups is that concealed-carry permit holders have guns on them everywhere else, so it becomes discriminatory, and even dangerous, to ban them from carrying on a college campus. Plus, opponents of gun bans say, those with permits have gone through necessary processes that ensure they are properly trained and understand necessary safety precautions.

Groups pushing for stricter gun policies are now going after the latter part of the pro-gun argument, pointing to an incident last week when a woman with her proper license pulled out her handgun in a CU office and accidentally fired a shot that injured her hand and also hit another woman in the leg. She is no longer employed at the university.

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Students for Concealed Carry says that unfortunate incident was the mistake of one individual who should face necessary consequences, but it does not justify taking rights away from responsible licensed individuals. Still, a spokesman from that group told us, he is worried that the accident will open up the door to renewed calls for a ban.

And those calls are coming.

John Jackson, chief of police in Greenwood Village and the legislative chair of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, says that while it is not his job to call for a statewide ban on guns on college campuses, he believes institutions should have the right to set policy.

"We are concerned about public safety. That's where we are going to side all the time," says Jackson. "We are interested in the safety of the entire society as opposed to one person."

Continue for the rest of our interview with John Jackson.

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Yea, great idea---EXCEPT THAT'S NOT THE LAW....

Since you delight in exercising your power to enforce THE LAW...

then OBEY THE LAW.....

If I have a permit--means I'm able to carry a gun where I need to do so, In my opinion. 

LIKE YOU POLICEMAN!...we have as many rights as your Righteous selves.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What part of "shall NOT be infringed" do these Fascists not comprehend?




Then they shouldn't be public institutions, funded by gun owners. If you want to keep guns off campus, have a private school. This is the problem with "public" properties and institutions. They end up creating wedge issues about rights.


I've followed the gun control debate in whatever form it may take, be it concealed carry laws, so-called assault weapon bans, calls for the repeal of the second amendment. While I am ever vigilant of those who would take our rights away, or at least try to stand in the way of getting the rights we've lost over the years back, I am beginning to conclude the the anti-gun movement is largely irrelevant. Just a small group of very loud people ever so slowly getting smaller, and smaller and smaller. 


It's not hard to see that people in general are starting to realize that the disarmament of good people does nothing to reduce or prevent crime. You see it in the articles following a crazy guy shooting up a bunch of unarmed people. 


"People are dead, it's time to talk about gun control again! We have to ban the gun the crazy man used, or we have to make it arbitrarily harder to buy some component he used. But we won't because everyone is scared of the big bad NRA!"


The NRA is such a big entity because it's supported by the millions of people it represents. Not instituting ridiculous gun control policies based on a knee-jerk reaction to an isolated incident isn't a right-wing conspiracy, it's the will of an overwhelming majority of people who have witnessed decades of gun control, with no positive effects on crime. 


Then you have concealed carry. Sure, this lady, for whatever reason, unsafely handled her firearm and people got hurt. She has almost definitely lost her handgun license and has lost her job for it. I don't have the statistics on the number of Police officers who have had firearms mishaps vs. permitted citizens, but I'm willing to bet that the accident rate would be at the very best comparable, if not higher on the police side of the house. I can certainly find plenty of youtube videos of "highly trained" police officers handling their guns like short bus children. But that's neither here nor there.


Every time concealed carry law is expanded, we hear words like "Wild west" and "blood in the streets". We hear that arguments over parking spaces will suddenly turn into deadly affairs. The law goes into effect, and as always, nothing happens. This is going to happen over and over again, and the more it happens the easier it's going to get, until there's concealed carry everywhere, and then we can all just stop worrying about it. Wearing a gun, to me, is along the same lines as using the seatbelt in my car, and putting a fire extinguisher in my kitchen.


The anti-gunners are resistant to progress on guns rights because of their crippling fear. The gun lobby has been doing the right thing: Cram it down their throats, and eventually all the people they've been duping with their false statistics and wild flights of fancy will leave anti-gun camp when they see that, in fact, there is no blood on the streets. This CU staffer was a set back to the cause, but as time goes on, it will be shown to be the isolated incident that it was. Gun rights are the will of the people. Not one step backward.

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