Skip to comments.Republicans back CSU students in struggle to preserve on campus concealed carry policy
Posted on 12/17/2009 7:35:48 PM PST by greatdefender
Republican Senators are lining up in support of Colorado State University students, who are defending their right to carry a concealed weapon on campus.
While CSU does not allow weapons of any kind in its residence halls, individuals are allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus as long as they have a properly issued concealed weapons permit. Last week, however, the CSU Board of Governors voted 9-0 to implement a policy that would leave the specifics of the schools weapon control policy up to campus presidents. The policy shift is predicted to result in a campus wide ban, with most board members supporting that course of action.
The resolution alludes to the potential danger of allowing concealed weapons on campus. The idea that concealed carry poses a danger to the campus is absolutely backwards, said Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Loveland. Allowing concealed carry actually makes the CSU campus a safer place. Imagine how the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech could have turned out differently if those students had been armed and able to protect themselves.
In 2002, two students with personal firearms subdued former student Peter Odighizuw, who had opened fire at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. CSU students have cited increased safety as the primary reason for leaving the current policy in place. Ive had many say how it makes women feel safer on campus, knowing they can conceal and carry, David Ambrose, a member of the Associated Students of CSU, told The Denver Post.
Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who is an outspoken supporter of Second Amendment rights, believes people with conceal carry permits are the most responsible gun owners in the state. It's unlawful, foolish and it endangers students and visitors alike because it creates a criminal safe zone where rapists and thugs know their victims will be unarmed and vulnerable, he said. Plus, it makes me angry that we are talking about this when we should be discussing ways to make college more affordable.
With stimulus money for higher education slated to dry up in 2010, Brophy believes that the CSU gun ban debate is distracting from the real issue of how Colorado is going to fund its colleges and universities in the future.
The Colorado Conceal Carry Act, passed in 2003, does not apply to K-12 schools, anywhere with a Federal ban in place, facilities with metal detectors and private property.
Damn - I saw CSU and hoped that this was about the California State University system. Guess I should have known better.