BOG, ban the gun ban

Jun 292010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Monday marked the beginning of the next saga of the gun rights/ban debate.

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to strike down a Chicago firearm ban, setting the precedent that no matter where someone resides, a citizen has the right to carry guns.

And according to the Associated Press, this landmark decision could likely lead to other city and state gun law challenges because the “justices left a lot of ground for other courts to cover in determining the constitutional limits on gun laws.”

Locally, however, this appeal court decision could set a precedent for the gun ban debate on both the CSU-system and CU-system campuses.

In the recent past both campuses’ governing boards approved concealed weapons bans; CU’s was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court in April and CSU’s Board of Governors repealed the ban in early May amid a pending lawsuit.

But CU’s Board of Regents recently voted to appeal the court’s decision, and the BOG will await the outcome of the appeal to make a decision whether to enact again the ban.

We would like the BOG, the supposed voice of hard-working, tuition-paying CSU students, to heed the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. We’d also like them to, again, take an interest in the student voice.

When it comes to make a decision on whether or not to ban concealed weapons, we hope the CSU leadership will vote to not pursue another gun ban that will likely lead to a draw-out legal battle and millions in attorney’s fees.

Protect the student voice.

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