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A new rule at the U. of Colorado places students who own guns and those who don’t into separate buildings. Some are up in arms, accusing the school of discrimination.
The decision is the outgrowth of a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that struck down the university’s campuswide gun ban. University policy under the ruling still allows students with concealed firearm permits to carry guns.
To obtain a concealed carry permit in Colorado, you must be 21 or older, pass a federal background check and demonstrate competence with a firearm, either by completing a course or through military or police service.
School officials estimate only about 400, or 1 percent, of its students and faculty members — 30,000 in Boulder and 10,000 in Colorado Springs — have concealed carry permits.
“We believe this approach balances the right of the concealed carry permit holders with the need for the campus to have a safe learning environment,” university spokesman Bronson Hilliard told The Daily.