Colorado State University backs down on concealed carry ban

After just voting for a ban a few months ago, Colorado State University has backed down on the ban.

Guns will continue to be legal on the Colorado State University System's two campuses.
The CSU Board of Governors voted Wednesday to rescind a campus gun ban, citing a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling last month that overturned a similar ban at the University of Colorado.

The appeals court sided with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which argued the CU policy violated the Colorado Concealed Carry Act.

The CSU board had approved the ban for its campuses in Fort Collins and Pueblo in February. It was to take effect in August.

After the ruling against CU, SCCC and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association filed a complaint against CSU in Larimer County District Court, saying the CU ruling clears the way to overturn campus weapons bans, including CSU's policy.

"Clearly CSU did not have a leg to stand on, and they saw a lawsuit that gave them absolutely no choice," said Dudley Brown, director of the RMGO.

Brady Allen, a senior studying history at CSU and an outspoken opponent of the CSU weapons ban said, "I think they finally realized it would be a waste of student's money to fight it in court."

A judge had previously thrown out the CU case in May 2009, saying he found nothing in the state constitution that would prohibit a campus gun ban. . . .

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