The University of Colorado has no authority to bar students or visitors from lawfully carrying guns on campus, says a state appellate court ruling reported by the Denver Post. The court said a judge was wrong to dismiss a challenge filed by a group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and three students from the University of Colorado. The university’s board of regents adopted a ban on all guns on campuses, but the court found that the state Concealed Carry Act applies to universities.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Jim Manley called the ruling “a real victory for individual freedom.” A national anti-gun group urged the university system to appeal the ruling. “We are disappointed by this ruling that could result in students and transient visitors carrying loaded semi-automatic weapons at the University of Colorado,” Paul Helmke of the Washington, D.C.- based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.