DENVER, March 5 – Students in Colorado can now legally carry guns into college classrooms.
That’s the decision from Colorado’s Supreme Court, ruling in favor of Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), which brought suit against the University of Colorado, arguing that the college’s prohibition on guns violated the state’s concealed carry law, and that legislators intended for students to exercise their right to bear arms on campus when passing right-to-carry laws in 2002.
“We are very pleased by today’s ruling,” said Al Baker, the Legal Liaison for SCC. “The court upheld what we knew to be true all along, that public colleges and universities in Colorado are bound not only by the state constitution but also by the Concealed Carry Act from 2003. Today’s decision also sends a message to other public colleges and universities in this county that Students for Concealed Carry will persist in the fight to restore reasonable firearm policies which afford licensed adults the same personal protection on campus they already enjoy in off-campus.”
According to the Students for Concealed Carry, the Court’s decision will affect firearms policies on all of Colorado’s public college campuses. 220 campuses in six states already allow campus carry, without resulting injuries or deaths reported. “We expect other colleges to see the handwriting on the wall and comply with the court’s ruling,” said David Burnett, the national spokesman for the group. “If they refuse to adopt more reasonable policies, we may explore litigation against them as well.”
“Gun-free policies are an open invitation to psychopaths,” said Burnett. “Signs on the doors are an unenforceable lie that only robs licensed citizens of their ability to defend themselves. Until colleges can guarantee our safety, they can’t criminalize self-defense.”
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Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of over 40,000 supporters which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses.