The University of Colorado’s New Gun Policy
by Daniel Luzer
Colorado doesn’t just allow legal recreational marijuana use, it also, readers might remember, allows for all sorts of fun gun possession.
Earlier this year the Colorado Supreme Court determined that the state’s Concealed Carry Act applied to state universities and the University of Colorado couldn’t prevent students with concealed-carry permit from bringing their guns to campus.
In response, the University of Colorado announced in August that it would continue to prohibit guns in dormitories but would “create a segregated residential area for students who are concealed-carry permit holders.”
But according to an article by Ryan Parker in the Denver Post:
Since the University of Colorado’s Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses began segregating dorms for students with valid concealed-carry permits this year, not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed.
On Aug. 16, CU announced that both campuses would establish a residential area for students over age 21 with a permit to hold a concealed handgun. In all other dormitories, guns are banned. “So far, no one has moved,” CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue said.
It’s not clear that this failure to demand gun dorms really indicates a lack of interest. It would be one thing if the university gave all students housing options and allowed students to check “concealed-carry permit” housing. It’s quite another if the university just says it will create a segregated residential area for gun owners and then waits for the students to demand it. If no one has signed up for concealed-carry permit housing, does that housing really exist?
The Denver Post article points out that only about 4 percent of eligible students are over 21. A Coloradan has to be over the age of 21 to obtain a concealed-carry permit.