Colorado Supreme Court Bans Campus Gun Bans


Foolish consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds, but inconsistencies in Colorado campus gun bans have lead to the elimination of those regs. Click here for the ruling. The Colorado Supreme decision comes after a long fight—the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Club posted the video above exactly two years ago. Yesterday, the Supremes ruled that “We hold that the CCA [Colorado Concealed Act] divested the Board of Regents of its authority to regulate concealed handgun possession on campus. Accordingly, we agree with the court of appeals that, by alleging the Policy violates the CCA, the Students have stated a claim for relief. Because we affirm on statutory grounds, we do not consider the Students’ constitutional claim.” Catch that? The campus gun ban fell afoul of state law, not the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Close enough for rock and roll.


  1. avatar Anon says:

    So that means today Colorado college students can carry on campus today? Common Florida, get it together!

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      End of the month.

      1. avatar Anthony Meruelo says:

        I’m a college student in Florida and this is relevant to my interests. Can you please elaborate a little more, RF?

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Seconded. I’ve heard nothing of any movement on this issue here.

          Do you know something we don’t?

  2. avatar irock350 says:

    Good for Colorado, I would actually like to see college campuses move to concealed carry, not to sure how I feel about open carry in the class. It’s sad but this probably wont happen in Texas, and if it does it most certainly won’t be open carry. Pesky State Constitution and what not.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    The campus gun ban fell afoul of state law, not the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    The first clause of the sentence above is correct. The second clause is not correct. The Court never ruled on the Second Amendment claims because it had already thrown out the campus gun ban as violating state law.

    It’s an important part of American jurisprudence that a court should restrain itself from ruling on Constitutional issues if it can decide the case on other grounds. The Colorado Supreme Court exercised judicial restraint and should be praised for doing so.

  4. avatar Bruce W. Krafft says:

    Robert isn’t the quote “A foolish consistency . . .”?

  5. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    Even if no shots are fired, the relationship between professor and student will suffer. It’s already hard enough to educate young people, this’ll make it harder. You call that freedom?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Even if we accept your premise (highly dubious), I’d still say yes. Freedom is based on mutual respect. I;m not saying mutual fear and loathing, but a mutual understanding that both parties have the same constitutional rights: free speech, 2A, the lot.

    2. avatar DJC says:

      I was at California State University for 22 years. Students who conceal-carried would have been quite welcome in my classes. Open carry probably would not have worked so well given a naturally high “distraction” factor .

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