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Jun 30, 2010 3:29 PM by Greg Boyce

Brady Center weighs in on guns on campus issue

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a friend of the court brief in the Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday in support of the University of Colorado's efforts to keep guns off campus. The University is seeking review by the Colorado Supreme Court of a lower court ruling allowing a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to allow guns on the University's campuses.

The case actually stems from a case at the CU Colorado Springs campus.

The Brady Center argues in its brief that the University's policy is a reasonable and Constitutional response to dangers posed by armed students and campus visitors and is in keeping with the policy of most universities. The Brady Center urges the Court to reverse the lower court ruling and uphold the University's gun policy.

The case before the court is Students for Concealed Carry v. The Regents of the University of Colorado. El Paso County District Court Judge G. David Miller last year dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting SCC's attempt to force the University to allow students to carry loaded, concealed guns on campus. In his opinion, Judge Miller noted that the University Regents had determined that the presence of guns on campus "threatens the tranquility of the education environment and contributes in an offensive manner to an unacceptable climate of violence." In April 2010, the Colorado Court of Appeals disagreed with the trial court and held that the case could proceed.

 

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