State Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, today said she plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session that would ban guns from inside buildings on all public college campuses in the state, including the University of Colorado.
Levy said her proposed legislation would seek to add higher education buildings to the list of places where the Colorado Concealed Carry Act doesn't apply.
Now, for example, K-12 schools, correctional facilities and government buildings where there are metal detectors are all places that are exempt from the state's concealed-carry act.
The 2013 legislative session begins Wednesday. Levy said she'll introduce the bill before the end of January.
Last spring, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down CU's long-standing campus gun ban, ruling that students, employees and visitors with concealed-carry permits may bring their firearms to campus and into classrooms and labs.
Originally, Levy had said she planned to introduce legislation this year that would give governing bodies such as CU's Board of Regents -- currently a Republican-controlled body -- the authority to set their own gun policies.
But, now, with Democrats in control at the state Capitol, Levy's proposed bill banning guns on campuses altogether has a stronger potential to pass.
"In conversations with faculty members and the student body, they convinced me that it's a big enough concern for them that I should just make the policy statement," Levy said.
Levy said she didn't want the gun issue to turn into a game of political football, ultimately overshadowing the policy work of the Board of Regents.
CU Regent Jim Geddes, R-Sedalia, has been a vocal proponent for concealed carry. He said he opposes Levy's proposed legislation because it would abolish regents' authority on the concealed-carry issue.
"Creating gun-free zones in a public area is simply an invitation to those who have evil intentions," he said.
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