Colorado’s largest gun rights organization, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, filed a complaint against CSU’s Gun Ban policy, asking a Larimer County District Court to overrule the Board of Governors. This filing comes on the heels of the decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals that reversed an earlier court’s ruling on the CU Gun Ban case, clearing the way to what many legal scholars say is a certain overturning that ban.
“This is a good day for gun owners, and for the safety of students, faculty and citizens who frequent college campuses,” said Dudley Brown, RMGO’s Executive Director. “CSU’s Ban only had one legitimate leg to stand on, and now even that’s gone.” “CSU is hanging out a shingle that says only criminals are allowed to bring guns on campus,” Brown said. “It didn’t keep anyone safe at Virginia Tech, it doesn’t work at schools around the country and it won’t work in Fort Collins.”
RMGO’s suit against CSU is based on three facts:
1. The Ban is preempted by Colorado law (C.R.S. 18-12-204).
2. The CSU Board of Governor’s authority does not allow it to conflict with state law (CRS 23-31-103, which provides that the BOG “has plenary power to adopt all such ordinances, bylaws, and regulations, not in conflict with the law”).
3. The Ban is unconstitutional and unenforceable.
The complaint, which was filed late Wednesday, lists a number of citizens as plaintiffs, including Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at CSU, two student permit holders and one local businessman permit holder.
The actual filing, and a way you can support this lawsuit, can be found at www.rmgo.org/csu