By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
The University of Colorado will segregate dorms for students who have valid permits to carry concealed weapons, The Denver Post reports.
The newspaper says student housing contracts at CU-Boulder and CU-Colorado Springs will be amended to accommodate students over age 21 who have concealed-carry permits.
The policy change follows a Colorado Supreme Court decision in March upholding an appeals-court ruling that struck down CU's gun ban.
"I believe we have taken reasonable steps to adhere to the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court, while balancing that with the priority of providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff," says CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano in a statement on the university's website.
In Boulder, students who want to carry their gun must live in the family-housing units downtown, while those in Colorado Springs will have to live in upperclassmen dorms. In all other dorms, guns will be banned, The Post reports, quoting university officials.
"Residence hall students may still store weapons at the University of Colorado Police Department on campus, which is open and available for drop-off and pickup of weapons, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," CU-Boulder says.
Those who live off the main campus must store their weapon in a safe within their home when not carrying it, KUSA-TV reports.
Students with gun permits will also be barred from bringing guns to ticketed athletic and cultural events on campus.
The Daily Camera, a Boulder newspaper, reports that new rules are troubling to James Manley, the attorney from the Mountain States Legal Foundation, who represented the student gun-rights group that brought the original lawsuit against CU's gun ban.
"We're going to take a hard look at the language, and if it conflicts with the concealed-carry act ruling of the Supreme Court, all options are open to us, including continuing the litigation that CU lost in March," Manley says, according to The Camera.
Officials in Boulder say they can accommodate about 50 students with permits, although they don't expect to have that many.
The Post quotes a Colorado Springs university official as saying they estimate that fewer than 1 percent of their student-body population of nearly 10,000 will have a concealed-carry permit.