This notice recently went out to all students and the Colorado School of Mines announcing that those with permits may carry concealed handguns on campus. This shows the right to self-defense does not stop at the campus boundaries. It also shows the extent to which Regents at the University of Colorado went to stop students from defending themselves. A legal concealed carry handgun in the hands of a law-abiding student is the most effective first response to a deadly threat on campus. You will not see a Virginia Tech style rampage on campuses in Colorado.
Dear Campus Community:
Earlier this week, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus case, affirming the right of individuals who have appropriate permits to carry concealed handguns on CU’s campuses. The court held that the General Assembly intended, through the Concealed Carry Act, to divest the Board of Regents of its authority to regulate concealed handgun possession on campus.
As a result of this ruling, Colorado School of Mines has modified its Firearms, Explosives and other Weapons policy. Individuals who possess valid concealed carry permits may lawfully carry their concealed
handguns on the Colorado School of Mines campus, subject to the conditions and requirements outlined in state law, C.R.S. 18-12-201, et seq.
Please note that the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling and Mines’ policy amendment apply only to concealed carry permit holders carrying concealed handguns on campus. The remainder of Mines’ firearms policy, which governs the possession and storage of other firearms, explosives, certain knives and other dangerous weapons, remains in effect. Further, only persons 21 years of age and older are eligible to receive a concealed carry permit in Colorado. Any person who does not possess a valid permit may not carry a handgun on the Colorado School of Mines property. The Department of Public Safety will continue to enforce these requirements.
Colorado School of Mines is committed to providing a safe educational environment, and will continue to assess the best ways to promote campus safety within the requirements of Colorado law. Colorado School of Mines public safety officers are in the best position to respond to any emergency situation on campus. If you believe that your safety is at risk for any reason, please contact the Mines Department of Public Safety immediately by calling 303-384-8045 or 911 from any campus or cell phone.
We will continue to update you on our efforts and appreciate your patience as we respond to this court ruling.
Director of Public Safety
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About the Author: Kevin Michalowski is the former Senior Editor of Gun Digest the Magazine and Tactical Gear Magazine.
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