In a victory for 2nd Amendment advocates, concealed carry advocates and students in Colorado in general, the state is now allowing concealed carry on college campuses. While there are going to be more regulations on campus about storage and possession of firearms than, in say, off-campus apartments, it’s a big step in the right direction. Hat-tip to Students for Concealed Carry for this story from KOAA in Colorado:
Following a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, students with state-issued concealed carry permits will be allowed to carry weapons on college property statewide.
At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, students will not be allowed to carry concealed weapons inside freshmen housing. Also UCCS will not allow weapons inside large campus gatherings, including athletic events.
The freshman housing rules are a bit burdensome, but most freshman are under 21 and wouldn’t be able to obtain a concealed carry permit anyways. Freshman that do carry unfortunately need to stow the weapon with campus police. Older students can have the firearms on campus as long as they are in gun safes, a reasonable provision given the openness and access in most college dorms.
I get sick and tired of hearing about the “risk” of students legally carrying guns, when all the rules and regulations in the world haven’t prevented college shootings from happening. Maybe, just maybe, the thought of one of their classmates packing heat might deter anyone psychotic enough to open fire in a classroom. If not, I pray whoever has their concealed carry permit exercises judicious and accurate marksmanship to save lives.