Second Amendment rights in jeopardy on University of Colorado campuses

By Duncan Luning
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Since 1974, a ban had been in place prohibiting concealed carry of a firearm on University of Colorado campuses. However, in 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled this ban unconstitutional. Due to this, the Colorado Revised Statute states that it is legal for a person to conceal a firearm on campus if that person “at the time of carrying a concealed weapon, held a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon issued pursuant to section 18-12-105.1, as it existed prior to its repeal, or, if the weapon involved was a handgun, held a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun or a temporary emergency permit issued pursuant to part 2 of this article.” 

However, on February 9, a group of liberal CU students spoke at a Board of Regents meeting in opposition to this law. CU senior and student body president said that “We’ve heard a lot more calls to ban concealed carry on our campus. Ever since then, talking to students about this issue and getting where they stand on the issue, they’ve said they don’t think guns belong on campus because they’re scared.”

Equipped only with emotion and not fact, the left continuously attacks our constitution based on nothing at all. The right to bear arms is not only one of our most basic rights, but it is a right that could very easily solve the problem of being scared. Especially on a college campus that has had many issues with theft, and sexual assault. In this type of environment, it is essential to be able to protect yourself. Yet, liberals refuse to admit the fact that a person who is trained and carries a firearm is much safer than one who does not. 

As Jackson Grubb, a student at CU Denver stated, “This attempt to strip away constitutional rights is based purely on emotion rather than facts. Here’s the truth: concealed carry permit holders are some of the most law-abiding citizens that we have in this country,”

This topic will be discussed further in April during the CU Board of Regents committee meetings. 

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About the Author:

Duncan Luning is Campfire Colorado’s Capitol Correspondent.