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University of Colorado President "disappointed" by handgun ruling

Ban remains at private entity Children's Hospital Colorado; University of Colorado Hospital looking at ruling

3/5/2012
Anschutz Medical Campus


By Chris Casey | University Communications

DENVER - Today the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against the University of Colorado Board of Regents to set weapons policies outside of the provisions of Colorado's 2003 Concealed Carry Act.

In response to this ruling, President Bruce Benson issued the following statement: "We are disappointed the Colorado Supreme Court determined that the Board of Regents does not, in this instance, have the constitutional and statutory authority to determine what policies will best promote the health and welfare of the university's students, faculty, staff and visitors, whose safety is our top priority. The Board of Regents is in the best position to determine how we meet that imperative. We will abide by the ruling and determine how it affects our campuses."

In order to qualify for a concealed carry permit a person must be 21 or older. Further, under current state law, having a CCP does not allow a person to use his or her weapon to knowingly place or attempt to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

As always, should you see anyone with a weapon acting in a menacing manner, or if any member of our campus community shares a concern related to weapons on campus, please immediately contact the police. For those on the Anschutz Medical Campus, contact University Police at 303-724-4444. For those on the Denver Campus, call the Auraria Police Department at 303-556-5000.

On the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) will look closely at the Supreme Court ruling to determine the impact, if any, on UCH's policy of not allowing guns. The ruling has no impact on Children's Hospital Colorado given its status as a private entity. As such, Children's Hospital Colorado will continue to enforce its current gun ban.

Please know that even as we enforce the law, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority.

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Contact: christopher.casey@ucdenver.edu

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