After the Colorado Supreme Court struck down Colorado University’s gun ban the school has decided to preserve its gun-free zones by forcing residential students with gun permits into separate housing. The Denver Post reports that “The university said Thursday that both campuses will establish a residential area for students over the age of 21 with permits. In all other dormitories, guns will be banned, the new policy states. ‘The main dorms on the main campus will not allow any concealed-carry weapons,’ CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard said.'” The University’s “separate but equal” discrimination against on-campus concealed carry permit holders is bad enough. But there’s more . . .
Attendees at ticketed athletic and cultural events, such as football games and theater, on both campuses will not be permitted to bring their guns, officials said.
“We are treating that ticket purchase as a contractual agreement that you won’t bring your weapon to the venue,” Hilliard said.
Does this firearms apartheid get worse? Of course it does.
In Boulder, those who want to lawfully carry their gun must live in the family-housing units downtown, [vice chancellor for student affairs for the Boulder campus Deb] Coffin
said . . .
The Colorado Springs campus will allow those with a permit who want a gun in their possession to live in upperclassman dorms, officials said.
“We have very few individual units, so those who wish to have the concealed carry must have permission from their roommate,” said Tom Hutton, spokesman for UCCS.
Pro-gun protesters are getting organized to fight the edict, but the message from the University to concealed carry permit holders is clear: FOAD.
Meanwhile, as many of our commentators have already highlighted, the policy could backfire. Dorms without permit holders may be subject to more theft or assault than those with, making that whole “more guns, less crime” meme more appealing. And true.