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Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, 2012CO17 (March 5, 2012)

“Guns in schools” means different things to different people. But to the Court, when the Legislature says it, it means that concealed weapons are allowed on public university campuses. The Court’s decision does not say anything about Colorado’s or the US Constitution’s provisions regarding the right to bear arms. Rather, concealed weapons may be carried in public places pursuant to a statute. The statute says a concealed weapon may be carried “in all areas of the state, except as specifically limited [within the statute].” A unanimous Court simply held that “all areas” means all areas, and since public universities (as opposed to K-12 public schools) were not expressly excluded, CU campuses were included. The CU Board of Regent’s authority to regulate CU campuses with respect to concealed weapons was expressly divested, so the regulation could not trump the statute.



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