The University of Colorado announced in August that it would ban firearms in dorms, but would also create a segregated residential area for students who are concealed-carry permit holders. Now more than three months after the rule change no students have asked to live in the segregated residential area that allows guns on the Boulder or Colorado Springs campuses, The Denver Post reports. “I’m not surprised,” Students for Concealed Carry spokesman David Burnett told the Post. “You’ve proven you’re legally, responsibly, and morally able to carry, then the college comes back and tells you you’ve got to move. What would you do?” The University of Colorado announced the change to students’ housing contracts for the Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses on August 16. The new rule states that students who hold a Colorado concealed-carry permit can no longer keep a handgun in the dorms and could be asked to relocate to a university apartment or a residential area set aside for concealed-carry permit holders over the age of 21. If the student is found with a firearm in their dorm room, they may be released from their residence hall contract, according to a press release from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The amended CU contract also requires permit holders to store their gun in a safe in their home when the gun is not being carried.
Is the university complying in good faith with the court decision? Or, is the university attempting to ostracize gun owners? Does that fact that no permit holders have applied to live in the “gun dorm” on campus simply reflect that there aren’t that many carrying students who want to live in the dorm? Or are concealed-carry permit holders smart enought to avoid an area that identifies that they have firearms in their dorm room?
“I believe we have taken responsible steps to adhere to the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court, while balancing that with the priority of providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff,” CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in a statement in August.
In this statement, is DiStefano implying that segregating gun owners into their own dorm is the only way to provide “a safe environment”? Why are all CCL holders avoiding the University of Colorado “gun dorms?” Let us hear your views in the comments section below.
— Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle Staff