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 â€œjustices left a lot of ground for other courts to cover in determining the constitutional limits on gun laws.â€
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 campusesâ€™ governing boards approved concealed weapons bans; CUâ€™s was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court in April and CSUâ€™s Board of Governors repealed the ban in early May amid a pending lawsuit.
But CUâ€™s Board of Regents recently voted to appeal the courtâ€™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. Weâ€™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 attorneyâ€™s fees.
Protect the student voice.