Colorado Supreme Court: Students Can Carry Guns

Judges strike down ban on concealed weapons

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2012 4:22 PM CST

(Newser) – Congrats to Colorado students who like packing heat on a school day: The state Supreme Court today ruled against a gun ban at the University of Colorado, the Denver Post reports. The justices unanimously agreed that the school's board of regents had overstepped its bounds in barring licensed concealed weapons—which are permitted by state law in most areas of Colorado. "We're very, very happy," said James Manley, the head of a conservative legal foundation.

At issue was the extent of Colorado's 2003 Concealed Carry Act, which allows a gun owner with a permit to carry a concealed weapon "in all areas of the state"—except K-12 schools, certain federal properties, and buildings with security checkpoints such as courthouses. A lawsuit by three students opposing CU's anti-gun rule was first dismissed by a district court and then upheld by appeal, before today's decision. Manley said his clients "will now be able to exercise their constitutional rights to carry on campus."

This University of Colorado student can now take his gun to class.   (Shutterstock)
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