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CSU backs down on gun ban

Posted by Richard on May 6, 2010

Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus! On Wednesday, the Board of Governors of Colorado State University rescinded its ill-conceived gun ban.

In contempt of state law (CRS 18-12-204 and CRS 23-31-103), in December the CSU Board of Governors inexplicably urged CSU president Tony Frank to ban all firearms on campus, and he did so — despite the fact that the legislature considered a ban on campus carry (supported by the NRA) when arguing the 2003 concealed carry bill (SB24) and explicitly rejected it. And despite the obvious fact that such bans don't do anything to stop those bent on murder and mayhem — they only disarm and make helpless the peaceful and law-abiding. 

On April 15, the Colorado Court of Appeals voided the University of Colorado's gun ban, and RMGO filed a lawsuit against CSU on the same day. RMGO now plans to go after all the other state campuses that unlawfully deny their students, faculty, and visitors the right of self-defense: 

"They didn't have a legal leg to stand on," said Dudley Brown, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO). "We told them in January, in no uncertain terms, that state law did not allow them to create their own gun ban. Unfortunately, it took a lawsuit to force them to back down."

"This has been a good couple of weeks for law-abiding citizens who want to defend themselves on Colorado campuses, and a terrible week for criminals who assume no one is able to defend themselves on campuses," Brown said. "We're now going to track the policy of every secondary education campus in the state — every community college, every university, all of them — and file suit against those who attempt to violate Colorado law."

"The citizens, students and faculty at these facilities should thank the members and donors of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the organization responsible for correcting these errant bureaucrats, and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, who put a lot of hard work into this battle."

I'm a proud Life Member of both RMGO and Gun Owners of America, the national organization with which it's affiliated. Please join me in supporting these fine civil rights organizations.

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