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Apr 15, 2010 6:37 PM

Appeals court ruling supports guns at CU

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a group seeking to allow students with concealed gun permits to carry their weapons on campus.

Gun rights organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus argued that a 1994 University of Colorado policy banning concealed weapons from its campus violates state gun laws, particularly the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. Thursday's ruling revives a lawsuit that a judge tossed out. 

Attorney Jim Manley had argued that state law prohibits local governments from adopting laws limiting concealed carry rights. In a statement, Manley says the court vindicated the constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms. CU officials say they're considering an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court.

The case started in El Paso County at the Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado.  El Paso County District Court Judge G. David Miller last year had dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting attempt to force the University to allow loaded, concealed guns on campus.  In his opinion, Judge Miller noted that the University Regents had determined that the presence of guns on campus “threatens the tranquility of the education environment and contributes in an offensive manner to an unacceptable climate of violence.”

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