DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a University of Colorado gun ban, saying the Legislature’s concealed weapons law didn’t exclude such facilities.
The Concealed Carry Act, prohibiting local governments from restricting the right to carry a concealed firearm, did include exemptions such as for K-12 schools, but lawmakers included no such exemption for public universities. The justices said in their decision that lawmakers intended to strip the authority of the Board of Regents to regulate concealed guns on campus.
In 2008, students filed a complaint in El Paso District Court claiming the university’s ban violated the legislation and the state’s constitutional right to bear arms.
In its ruling on Monday, the court sided with the students on the statutory question but left unanswered whether the university’s ban also violated the constitution.