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CU-Denver accidental shooting: Now ex-staffer trying to unjam gun when it fired


Original post, November 13, 2:58 PM After winning a long battle to allow those with concealed-carry permits to bring guns onto campuses in Colorado, a gun-rights organization is now responding to what appears to be the first-ever accidental discharge on a local campus from someone with the proper permit. The staffer who fired a shot at the University of Colorado suffered injuries -- as did another individual in the room.

The incident took place on Friday inside an Anschutz Medical Campus office, according to a university spokesman. Although no one was hospitalized, it's likely that heated debates around bringing guns on campus will resurface in response to the accident.

Peace March gun poster, Levin.jpeg
Sam Levin
An anti-gun poster at a Denver peace march over the summer.
The discussion around the regulations of guns on campus in Colorado made headlines in March when the Colorado Supreme Court ordered CU to allow concealed-carry-permit holders to have guns on campus. In August, however, CU-Boulder announced that it would be restricting access to guns in undergraduate dorms and at events -- a move that gun rights groups opposed.

The main organization that has lobbied for permit holders is Students for Concealed Carry, a national group that originally filed a lawsuit against CU in 2008, arguing in part that a ban against concealed weapons contradicted state laws.

Part of that organization's argument has been that concealed-carry permit holders have a right to bring guns everywhere else, so banning such weapons on campus is discriminatory. In addition, the group says, those with concealed-carry permits face background checks and have gone through training. Forcing them to disarm, then, would not increase safety on campus, and could possibly cause it to decline.

No wonder the group was disappointed to learn about the CU shooting -- especially since the gun holder in question had a permit.

According to CU spokesman Dan Meyers, a staff member of the School of Dental Medicine took a gun out in an office, after which it accidentally went off.

"The person with the gun and one other person were very slightly injured," he says.

It is not known yet if the other person was a student or an employee. The injuries were not serious enough to require either of those hurt to go to the hospital, but it's unclear at this time what kind of injuries were actually sustained.

The police are investigating the matter, and the staffer who fired the shot is currently on administrative leave, Meyers adds.

Officials with Students for Concealed Carry say this is the first time there has been any accidental discharge of a gun by a concealed-carry permit holder on a campus in Colorado, and only a handful of such incidents have taken place on campuses across the nation.

"We are, of course, concerned about the incident," says Kurt Mueller, the group's director of strategy. "We would like to remind everyone in possession of firearms that it's important to follow basic rules of firearm safety. We would infer from this incident that that was not done in this case."

Still, Mueller says he is worried about the potential backlash the incident could spark -- an unmerited reaction, he believes, since such accidents are rare and permitted gun holders are responsible.

"It's not indicative of anything," he says. "Concealed carry is a reality of life in Colorado...and has been for many years.... This could have happened anywhere..... There's nothing about the college environment itself that led [to] this accident.... The fact that this happened at a college is almost irrelevant."

Mueller points out that guns have been allowed at Colorado State University since 2003 and at all public universities in Utah in 2006, yet there have been virtually no incidents like this one.

"My basic argument is this: We're trying to change where people can carry, not who can carry. If you're a citizen of Colorado, you are around people who are...carrying all the time," he says. "Do you ever go to the grocery store? Do you ever go to the mall?... Do you ever walk down the street?... The question is not, why should this be allowed? The question is why should this be banned [on campuses]?... Do you have reason to believe that people...are suddenly going to become wildly irresponsible as soon as they walk on campus?"

Continue for response from organizations that have opposed the policy to allow guns on campuses in Colorado.


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COEngineer
COEngineer

Since I am a gun owner, 2nd Amendment supporter, etc,  I was really worried about the bad publicity from this, but when I read the details I thought, "Meh, not so bad."  She probably wasn't as competent with the gun as she could have been, but she was obviously being smart by pointing it in a safe direction.  Each of them had insignificant injuries from an accidental discharge.  If anything, this story is a good example to share with new shooters.  She also took responsibility for her actions and was obviously and appropriately dismayed at the results.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Didn't a cop 'accidentally' shoot & KILL another cop recently ? Lakewood, if I'm not mistaking . Were there charges files in that KILLING ?

No ................

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 

Charges have been filed against a woman who accidentally shot a co-worker Friday on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus.

 

Mary Loeb, 49, a business manager in the School of Dental Medicine, faces charges of prohibited use of weapons and unlawful conduct on public property related to the firing of a .22 magnum revolver as the showed to the gun to Lilibeth Lopez-Gonzales, 33.

 

Monkey called it !!

 

ryank
ryank

F---ing idiot. These low IQ people ruin basic rights for everyone.

Monkey
Monkey

She was trying to unjam the gun after re-assembling it? She most likely assebmbled the gun, slid a bullet in the chamber without realizing it, and pulled the trigger, like an idiot.

I wonder if this stupid cop lost his job too, probably not. But it is fun to watch a cop shoot himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw-jTCNZSmY

 

boco
boco

"Do you have reason to believe that people...are suddenly going to become wildly irresponsible as soon as they walk on campus?"

 

Bro.

Monkey
Monkey

The cops will charge this person for sure. It's illegal to discharge a weapon inside a building without gaining consent from the owner, or defending yourself. The gun didn't accidentally go off by itself, a staff member discharged the gun accidentally, and in the City of Boulder, like most cities around here, that's illegal.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Dammit,why Colorado. Listen TI Johny cash assholes, "don't take you guns to town..."

AllenGamble
AllenGamble

"I did my first desk pop!. . . It's a real thing right?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

American Gun MADNESS !!

 

Guns + Drunk and Stoned College Students = what could possibly go wrong?

 

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@COEngineer Interesting post, COEngineer -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @ryank And there aren't IQ requirements for buying, possessing, OR applying for a CCW permit.  Scary.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey  -- Way to make an impression on the kids !!

 

Notice how some of the smarter children admonish this tool to put the gun away after he demonstrates his idiocy.

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @boco One word speaks volumes. Funny post, boco. Thanks.

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