University of Colorado Moves Gun-Packing Students Off Campus

The University of Colorado banned all firearms from its campus in 1994. Last March, however, the state Supreme Court overturned that policy, saying it violated the Colorado law that allows gun-owners with the proper permits to carry concealed weapons in all areas of the state. The university’s compromise creates separate off-campus housing for students with concealed carry permits (CCPs) who insist upon living with their guns, and does not allow them to carry their weapons on any other university property:

The university said Thursday that both campuses will establish a residential area for students over the age of 21 with a permit. In all other dormitories, guns will be banned, the new policy states.

“The main dorms on the main campus will not allow any concealed carry weapons,” CU Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard said.

In addition, attendees at ticketed athletic and cultural events, such as football games and theater, on both campuses, will not be permitted to bring their guns, officials said.

The university maintains that these amendments to the student housing contract are legal because, as opposed to other public buildings, students living in dorms are essentially entering a landlord-tenant relationship with the university. As a University of Colorado Boulder press release explains, this approach will likely impact only a small number of students — “[a]n analysis by the University of Colorado Police Department shows that 0.6 percent of the faculty, staff and students on campus possess a CCP. A full 96 percent of CU-Boulder undergraduate students are under the age of 21, and are thus ineligible to have a CCP.”


For the 99.4 percent of CU-Boulder students who do not have a concealed carry permit, this policy will hopefully enable them to wander the halls of their dorms without having to worry that a fellow student is packing heat.