CSU-Pueblo students oppose campus gun ban
January 19, 2010
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Many students at Colorado State University in Pueblo aren’t happy about the prospect of a campus ban on concealed weapons.
The campus, along with CSU in Fort Collins, is expected to abolish concealed weapons after a vote of the universities’ Board of Governors last month. Almost all campuses nationwide, including the University of Colorado, already ban concealed weapons.
CSU students appear uneasy about the change, though. On Monday, the Associated Students’ Government voted 8-1 against a resolution endorsing the gun ban. Last fall the student government at the Fort Collins campus also voted to reject the idea.
“I don’t think it should be up to us to say who can carry a weapon and who can’t,” CSU-Pueblo student Herman “Boomer” Rogers said.
Another student at CSU-Pueblo, Ryan Encinias, told The Pueblo Chieftain that law enforcement already vets gun owners who want to carry concealed weapons.
“If they believe the person has a right to carry a weapon, I don’t think we should undermine that decision,” Encinias said.
But professors split from the students at both campuses. In a separate meeting Monday, the CSU-Pueblo Faculty Senate unanimously voted in favor of the ban.
The school presidents are to lay out gun-ban proposals Feb. 17, when the Board of Governors meet in Pueblo. The gun bans won’t be final until after the proposals are approved.
Neither campus tracks how many people on campus are carrying concealed weapons. However, gun owners must be 21 to qualify, and officials at both campuses have said they believe the number of gun-carrying students is small.