BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A student gun-rights group that won a lawsuit against a gun ban at the University of Colorado Boulder is reviewing a move by the school to stop students with concealed carry permits from bringing guns into dorms.
The Mountain States Legal Foundation might ask a judge to rule on the new policy, James Manley, an attorney for the organization, told the Boulder Daily Camera ( ) in a story Thursday.
The university also banned permit holders from bringing guns to ticketed events such as football games and concerts. CU says students with concealed carry permits can live in university family-housing units off the main campus in Boulder and have guns in their apartments, as long as the weapons are kept in a safe when they are not carrying them.
The university instituted the new policy in response to a Colorado Supreme Court ruling in March that said it can't ban permit holders from bringing guns to campus.
Chancellor Phillip DiStefano said the policy is a reasonable way to adhere to the court's ruling and protect students, faculty and staff.
The state Supreme Court ruling prompted officials at the Boulder campus to review contractual agreements involving students who live in the dorms and family housing units.
Gun rights supporters contended that banning guns in those places is an end-run around the court decision.
"We're going to take a hard look at the language, and if it conflicts with the concealed carry act ruling of the Supreme Court, all options are open to us, including continuing the litigation that CU lost in March," Manley said.
CU estimates that less than 1 percent of faculty, staff members and students have concealed carry permits. People under 21 are ineligible for the permits.
Freshman Jonathan Snider said if students living in the dorms go through the proper training, they should be allowed to keep their weapons in their rooms. He is still considering whether to attend CU this year.
His mother, Melinda Forbes, said she was pleased with the new policy.
"Everybody should be able to feel secure in their own home," she said.
The Daily Camera said Deb Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs, met with students and the CU Parents Association before imposing the new contract banning guns from university housing. She also contacted Colorado military officials and learned base commanders do not allow guns in barracks.
Colorado State University, which has allowed concealed-weapon permit holders to bring guns on its campuses, does not allow guns in dormitories.
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