Colorado State Legistature to Reconsider Colorado State Supreme Court Decision on Concealed Carry on Campus’
Today Monday March 4, 2013 a Colorado Senate Committee is expected to take a look at a gun control measure to ban concealed weapons on college campus' in the state. If the bill passes it would reverse a state supreme court decision.
Last year the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that colleges and universities in Colorado must allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, if legally allowed to do so. The bill comes from Boulder Democratic representative Claire Levy, as fellow Democrats push for other gun control measures.
The other measures Colorado Democrats are pushing for include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on gun magazines. In regards to the potential concealed carry ban on Colorado campus' students and campus police say they believe it would be hard to enforce and have little impact.
A spokesman for the University of Colorado Police Department said, "It's a difficult ban to enforce, because we have so many entrances and exits to this campus." Since the Colorado Supreme Court ruling a year ago in March 2012 faculty have voiced concerns over legal guns on campus.
Only Colorado lawmakers have the power to overturn the year old ruling. Boulder representative Levy says she introduced the bill because, "It wasn't so much a concern that someone might use a weapon, but that not knowing if there was a weapon would be intimidating and inhibiting."
Her concealed carry on Colorado college and university campus' ban passed last month in the Colorado House. The bill is expected to be taken up today Monday March 4, 2013 by the Colorado Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.