According to a press release from the University, they plan to establish a special residential area for students who have a valid concealed carry permit. Those in other residential areas will not be allowed to carry weapons.
Those with a permit can have a firearm, but they must store the weapon in a gun safe and not display a gun in "an open manner."
The amendments to the housing contracts are consistent with those employed in other jurisdictions with concealed-carry laws that are similar to Colorado’s law. By creating a housing option for students with concealed-carry permits, the campuses have attempted to balance the competing interests while preserving campus safety. Each campus will continue to prohibit all other weapons in all housing units, consistent with existing Regent Policy.
Patrick T. O’Rourke, vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents, believes that the amendments to the housing contracts are lawful and recognize the unique contractual nature of student housing.
“In contrast to other public buildings, student housing presents a relationship that is essentially landlord-tenant,” O’Rourke said. “Like other tenants in the community, residents in student housing can agree not to bring weapons into a particular living environment.”