The University of Colorado is barring students with concealed carry permits from bringing guns into dorms on its Boulder campus.
The policy announced Thursday is in response to a March 5 Colorado Supreme Court ruling that said CU can't ban permit holders from bringing guns to campus.
The university also said graduate students who live in university housing off the main campus will be able to have guns in their apartments if they're kept in a safe.
I believe we have taken reasonable steps to adhere to the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court, while balancing that with the priority of providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff, said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.
Ninety-six percent of undergraduate students are under 21 and can't possess a concealed carry permit. Campus police say 0.6 percent of people on campus have concealed carry permits.
The university also is asking residence advisers and faculty who live in university housing to sign the same housing agreement as a condition of their residence in these facilities.
An analysis by the University of Colorado shows that 0.6 percent of the faculty, staff and students on campus possess a concealed carry permit.
Among the requirements for Colorado concealed carry permits are that the holder must be at least 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.
CU-Boulder 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.
Under concealed carry, anyone with a permit may carry a concealed handgun on campus generally and into CU buildings, with the exception of Folsom Field and any other ticketed public performance venue. The purchase of a ticket to a CU public performance constitutes an agreement with the university to not carry a concealed weapon, even as a CCP holder, into the venue.
Students begin moving into CU-Boulder residence halls on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and classes begin for the semester on Aug. 27.
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