Students Fight University for Right to Pack Guns Gun groups back Colorado activists battling firearm ban By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 23, 2010 4:16 AM CST 32 comments Comments This T-shirt is worn by students on the Fort Collins campus battling the university board to protect their right to pack guns. (Newser) – A Colorado State University campus determined to stop shooting rampages by banning guns is meeting angry opposition from students who are determined to protect their right to pack firearms. Many claim that armed citizens are the best hope of stopping violence, according to T-shirts sprouting on the Fort Collins campus. The issue is so heated that a board vote planned for today may be postponed. A campus council representing 22,000 students overwhelmingly voted against the ban, and the students are being backed by gun rights organizations, reports the Independent. The battle is heating up just weeks after a professor shot dead 3 people on the University of Alabama campus. Universities across the nation have debated campus gun restrictions since a crazed Virginia Tech student shot dead 32 people 3 years ago. One of the most notable regulation changes since then occurred in Utah where university officials voted to lift a gun ban on their campuses.