While CSU does not allow weapons of any kind in its residence halls, individuals are allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus as long as they have a properly issued concealed weapons permit.Â Last week, however, the CSU Board of Governors voted 9-0 to implement a policy that would leave the specifics of the schoolâ€™s weapon control policy up to campus presidents.Â The policy shift is predicted to result in a campus wide ban, with most board members supporting that course of action.
The resolution alludes to the potential danger of allowing concealed weapons on campus.Â â€œThe idea that concealed carry poses a danger to the campus is absolutely backwards,â€ said Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Loveland.Â â€œAllowing concealed carry actually makes the CSU campus a safer place.Â Imagine how the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech could have turned out differently if those students had been armed and able to protect themselves.â€
I think it’s reasonable for colleges to be concerned about residence halls, particularly about being able to properly secure and store a gun in that kind of environment. You’d really need a clearing barrel or equivalent, which would be a dead giveaway to thieves. But I agree with the Republican Senators that banning people who do not live on campus, but who have state licenses to carry concealed, goes too far. Hopefully we can get a fix there.