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Colorado State University To Ban Self Defense

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Colorado - -(AmmoLand.com)- Colorado State has been rattling it’s empty saber scabbard for years about a “No Firearms Policy”, but this week the (bad) idea reached a fevered pitch.

After the CSU Faculty Council (read: Liberal, freedom-hating professors) recommended to CSU President Tony Frank to ban firearms on campus, the student government quickly stood on the side of freedom and asked Frank to leave the policy as it is (i.e. permit holders, including students, can carry).

Then, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, himself first elected as sheriff solely due to the concealed carry issue (the previous RINO sheriff had refused to issue permits), publicly told CSU that his office (which controls the only jail in the county) would not enforce any ban on permit holders, wouldn’t participate in detaining any valid permit holders, and his jail would not hold them. He also added that he didn’t think CSU had the legal authority to enforce a ban that is contrary to state law.

And, despite a barrage of letters and calls from State Legislators, citizens and CSU Alumni, the CSU Board of Governors today recommended to President Frank (who makes the final decision) to ban all firearms on campus.

Understand that there are a few different issues here:

  1. Banning faculty and students, via employment contracts and student code of conduct contracts, is an end-run around the state policy, and may or may not be legal.
  2. Banning all firearms on campus, even with a permit, is a much longer step. And clearly, this is not legal, as Colorado law doesn’t allow that, and even a liberal judge (the Meyers decision in 2004) ruled that Denver couldn’t make it’s own concealed carry rules, despite being a “home rule” city. How, then, could a taxpayer-funded public university?

Colorado University’s Board of Regents voted many years ago to make their campuses “gun free”, but CU’s Regents are constitutionally created, and elected. CSU has nothing of the sort. So unelected bureaucrats are making policy in direct and flagrant opposition to Colorado law.

Did the Colorado legislature, in 2003′s SB24, intend to have permit holders walk on campus armed?

As the only professional pro-gun lobbyist to endure the 9-year battle for “Shall Issue” concealed carry in Colorado, RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown made it clear that this issue was addressed, routinely.

“This issue was addressed routinely, and though the NRA tried many times to include campus-carry bans, the legislature rejected it,” said Brown, a gun lobbyist for the last 16 years. “The final bill, passed in 2003, explicitly allowed permit holders to carry on campus, but apparently some bureaucrats believe their students should be defenseless.”

“Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, and every gun free zone sends one message: it’s a Criminal Safezone, where citizens are defenseless,” Brown said. “We’ll fight this ban in court, as it is clear that liberal academia isn’t going to stand for freedom.”

Yeah, Just what we need more Gun Free Zones

Yeah, Just what we need more Gun Free Zones

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  • 2 User comments to “Colorado State University To Ban Self Defense”

    1. C. Bruce Richardson Jr. on December 5, 2009 at 12:42 AM said:

      Do they actually believe that someone willing to commit murder would be deterred by a rule against having a firearm on campus? The effect would be that criminals would be armed and non-criminals would be unarmed. These people seem to believe that the best defense is to be defenseless. I avoid “gun-free zones” like the plague because that is exactly where mass killers will go. They want to kill the maximum number of people before they are stopped. They wouldn’t want to go where someone might be able to commit the “sin” of self-defense.

    2. How many innocent people must die, due to “Gun Free Zones” disarming US Military personnel, students, and teachers.

      This is another reason why our country is failing so miserably. Criminals are routinely released back into society, and kill and rape again, while laws are written to ban Free men & women their God given right to protect their own lives.

      Become politically active, and vote out anyone who leans towards the banning of guns, your 2nd amendment rights, and your rights to conceal carry freely. Your life depends on it.

      Join Gun Owners of America, and the NRA.

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