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CSU student board votes in favor of guns on campus

3:41 PM, Dec 3, 2009   |    comments
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At Colorado State University in Fort Collins, public safety experts and the president's cabinet support a gun ban.

Before the decision is made, however, the school wants to hear what students think.

Wednesday night, the student governing body voted 21-3 in support of keeping CSU a conceal-and-carry campus. Five student senators were absent or did not vote.

The student leaders will now submit their resolution to the CSU president for consideration.

Author of the bill, CSU Junior Cooper Anderson said, "We wrote this bill because we felt that a student should have the right to self defense on campus. We don't believe that crime stops at a campus' borders."

CSU spokesperson Brad Bohlander says the Public Safety Team and the president's cabinet are united against the issue.

"More availability and more access to weapons on a highly populated college campus can potentially lead to more negative incidents," Bohlander told 9NEWS.

Besides Utah, where universities aren't allowed to ban guns, CSU is one of only a handful of universities across the country allowing concealed weapons.

CSU has never had a violent gun incident on campus.

"I think whenever you create a gun-free zone, you have an opportunity for criminals to act with impunity," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said.

Some students think CSU should be a gun-free zone.

"I don't think we should be allowed to have firearms on campus. I think it's dangerous and not needed. I think people shouldn't have guns just in general. If you have guns, that just causes more violence," Freshman Victoria Arias said.

Bohlander says CSU has a strong safety policy in place.

"Our police can respond to an incident anywhere on the main campus within about two minutes or less, and the highly populated classrooms in about a minute. They have all gone through active shooter training," Bohlander said.

Bohlander says CSU's president could make a final decision on the ban anytime between now and this spring.

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