UC Boulder Offers Concealed Carry Dorms, But Has No Takers

Last year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado Board of Regents overstepped their authority when they adopted a gun ban for all their campuses. Specifically, justices agreed that the ban, which would have applied to all of UC’s four universities, was in violation of state law.

After the decision was announced, UC Boulder officials said that they would set aside a certain number of family dorm suites specifically for students who had concealed carry permits. However, according to Brittany Anas, of The Boulder Daily Camera, there have been no takers for the rooms either last year nor this coming fall.

That is not to say that lack of demand means that few students have such permits. As Bronson Hillard, the campus spokesman explains, in order to get a concealed carry permit in Colorado, a person must be at least 21 years of age. Most students who take advantage of dorms are younger than that.

While guns are banned in CU’s dorms, there are a dozen university-owned, standalone family housing cottages that CU will allow for students with concealed weapons permits to keep guns in their residences. CU has also said it has a limited number of units in the Athens North family housing unit.

CU reserves the units for those with permits, but fills them if they see no demand.

This will be the last time that the university plans to make public the number of requests – or lack thereof – for concealed carry dorm units. According to Hillard, publicizing the number of requests will violate student privacy by allowing others to deduce who might have such permits. James Manley, an attorney from the organization which brought the original lawsuit, the Mountain States Legal Foundation, is pleased with the new privacy policy.

“It’s called concealed carry for a reason,” he said. “People don’t want to go around broadcasting that they have permits.”
Paul Chinowsky, an engineering professor and new chairman of the Boulder Faculty Assembly, said he does not intend to bring up the issue of guns this year with the faculty assembly.

“I think the lack of students wanting to live in specific dorms highlights that this is an issue that did not warrant the level of attention it got,” Chinowsky said. ” If a group of faculty believe this is something that needs revisiting, then the appropriate stance would be a joint town hall with the administration to hear all opinions. But I think the university has many more issues to focus on right now rather than revisiting the gun issue.”