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Nobody Rushing to Move Into University of Colorado’s “Gun Dorms”

by Mallory Ortberg,  |  published on November 26, 2012

Back in August, officials at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs and Boulder campuses announced the creation of a separate dorm for students aged 21 and older with concealed-carry gun permits. So far, exactly zero CU students have elected to move in, according to a university spokesperson.

Students are already allowed to store weapons used for hunting and other “sporting purposes” on campus, provided they notify the campus police. The Residence Hall Contract, according to the CU Housing site, states that

The resident agrees not to bring any weapon or firearm, including any handgun(s) carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S., into any residence hall. With regard to any weapons other than handguns carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S. , University Policies, rules and regulations prohibit weapons and firearms from being brought into any residence hall. Notwithstanding any other language in the Residence Hall Contract, the University may terminate the contract immediately for violation of this provision. Students who obtain a Concealed Carry Permit and wish to carry a handgun in accordance with the permit must notify the executive director or designee and will be released from their Housing & Dining Services Residence Halls Contract without financial penalty.

David Burnett, a representative of Students for Concealed Carry on campus, told the Denver Post that students who met all legal requirements for concealed-carry shouldn’t have to move into segregated dorms. “You’ve proven you’re legally, responsibly and morally able to carry, then the college comes back and tells you you’ve got to move. What would you do?”

The University of Colorado system already prohibits students from carrying weapons in on-campus dorms and during cultural or athletic events. Of course, the number of current students living on-campus with gun permits is fairly small, but it’s “possible not everyone who is armed is being forthcoming,” according to the same Post article.

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