Along these same lines, two years ago the state of Utah passed a law making it illegal for state universities to ban those holding concealed weapons permits from carrying their weapons on campus. In Colorado most major universities including the University of Colorado (CU), Colorado State University, and the Colorado School of Mines have had campus regulations forbidding anyone, including concealed weapons permit holders, from bringing firearms on to campus. However in the wake the the Supreme Court's 2008 decision striking down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban, a student at CU with a concealed weapons permit filed a lawsuit claiming the the university's ban violated his 2nd amendment rights. The suit was initially dismissed by the trial judge but in April of this year a state appellate court ruled that the trial judge had erred in his ruling and his rationale for doing so, remanding the case for trial. Last week the CU Board of Regents narrowly voted in favor of fighting the to keep the ban.
This has caused some controversy on CU's campus and various faculty and students groups have passed resolutions for or against the ban. One such group was the United Government of Graduate Students, to which I am my department's representative. Most of the time the hottest topic UGGS deals with is the fall picnic for grad students, so I felt a little over my head.
In my mind there are two questions here, both of which I believe have to be answered to properly address this question:
- Should the university have the right to ban concealed weapons on its campus?
- Should the university ban concealed weapons on its campus?