Aug 16, 2012 1:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Students at UCCS will be allowed to carry guns

Following a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, students with state-issued concealed carry permits will be allowed to carry weapons on college property statewide.

At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, students will not be allowed to carry concealed weapons inside freshmen housing.  Also UCCS will not allow weapons inside large campus gatherings, including athletic events.

Classes begin at UCCS on August 20.

"The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a top priority," said Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "UCCS will implement all practices as directed by the CU Board of Regents with this priority in mind and in accordance with state and federal law."

UCCS will continue to follow the CU Board of Regents policy that prevents the open display of weapons including guns, explosives and knives on campus. Only law enforcement officials who display their badges are allowed to openly display weapons while on campus.

Students who have obtained a Concealed Carry permit and who wish to live in campus housing should contact the University Police to understand the options available to them. These options include securing the weapon with the campus police or, if living in non-freshmen housing, locking the weapon in an approved gun safe when the weapon is not carried. In all cases, university officials must be kept informed of the status of the Concealed Carry permit. Students who violate the terms of their housing contract may be excluded from university housing.

Among the requirements for Colorado Concealed Carry permits are that the holder must be more than 21 years of age, complete an FBI background check, and have either previous military or police experience or proof of completion of a firearms training course.




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