What the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Group Has Planned for CSU

January 27 2010, 11:31 AM

alderdenA group of Second Amendment advocates are trying to stop Colorado State University's Board of Governors from voting next month to ban all weapons on campus, including concealed firearms. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Group isn't just threatening a lawsuit. The coalition is planning a February 1 news conference in which Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden (pictured) is expected to declare that he will decline to jail anyone caught violating the proposed ban of concealed-carry permit guns on the university's Fort Collins campus, according to the Coloradoan. CSU board members argue that a ban will make the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses safer, but RMGO spokesman Ray Hickman disagrees. A draft of the new rule provides exemptions for certified law enforcement officers, military personnel, and ROTC drill teams, and gives the CSU police chief authority to grant exemptions for educational purposes or to those with a concealed-carry permit who face a serious threat, reports 7News. That's not enough for the Colorado Springs Gazette, which stokes the fires of resistance to change in a stern editorial: "If CSU approves this gun ban, pray the campus doesn't someday become the playground for a psychotic armed to the hilt. If it does, blame the death toll on CSU's Board of Governors, and those who supported them in leaving students defenseless in a bold rejection of their will." The Associated Press recently reported students at the CSU-Pueblo campus do not favor a ban, while the Chieftain pointed out President Joe Garcia's support for one.