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Mar 23, 2010 6:28 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

El Paso County gun case heard by appeals court

The Colorado Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit by a gun rights organization challenging the University of Colorado's ban on guns on three campuses.

Attorney Jim Manley, representing Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, argued Tuesday that a 1994 CU policy banning concealed weapons from its campus violates state gun laws. CU attorney Patrick O'Rourke argued the law does not apply because CU is a state institution, allowed to regulate its property.

A decision from the Court of Appeals is expected within six weeks. The case was thrown out of El Paso County District Court in May 2009.

Many college campuses nationwide ban concealed weapons, but gun-rights advocates say gun-free campuses make students vulnerable to attack.

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