I think the decision to overturn the Colorado University Campus Gun Ban is bad but after reading the Colorado supreme court ruling (pdf), I feel the court really had no choice but to rule the way it did.
Quoting the ruling,
“Relevant here, the [Colorado Concealed Carry Act] CCA expressly excludes public elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools, but not public universities.”
“In fact, when it enacted the CCA, the General Assembly amended a related criminal statute that applies to universities expressly. S. 03-24, 64th Leg., 1st Sess. (Colo. 2003); § 18-12-105.5(1), C.R.S. (2011) (making it a class six felony to carry a deadly weapon onto real estate of “any public or private elementary, middle, junior high, high, or vocational school or any public or private college, university, or seminary” (emphasis added)). Moreover, the amended language in the criminal statute actually directs the reader back to the CCA’s school exclusion, where universities are notably absent. § 18-12-105.5(d.5)”
In a sense, the Colorado legislators made a deliberate choice, a mistake to me, when they excluded “public elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools” from CCA but not universities. Shouldn’t universities also be places of learning as much as high schools free from concealed guns?
Do the Colorado citizens and legislators really think the solution to campus shootings is having more guns on campus? I wonder if the appealing Colorado university students think that they can play Dirty Harry with their concealed guns and can have their “Make My Day” moment?
To me, the CCA should be fixed and amended by also excluding “public or private college, university, or seminary” just like “public elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools” are excluded.