COLORADO SPRINGS -- The University of Colorado regents on Wednesday dodged taking a stance on whether concealed-carry permit holders should be able to bring their weapons to campus.
The Republican-controlled Board of Regents voted 6-2 to "postpone indefinitely" a measure that sought support for concealed-carry on CU's campuses. Regent Michael Carrigan, D-Boulder, did not vote.
Republican regents Sue Sharkey and Jim Geddes brought forward the proposal asking their colleagues to support the right to carry on campus, something that currently is allowed, but could change if a Boulder legislator's campus gun ban passes.
Sharkey, R-Windsor, said she was offended that CU gave her daughter a "whistle" during orientation to use in the case of an attack. She said a potential attacker on campus would more likely be deterred if he is forced to consider, "Will she pull a gun out and shoot me?"
"The fact that we have become a gun-free zone means we have made a statement to those criminals who would like to do harm that they will be safe," she said.
Geddes criticized the board for remaining silent on the issue.
"This debate is raging nationally," he said. "The whole country is looking to us to see what will happen."
No other regents made public statements about the proposal.
The Colorado Supreme Court last spring struck down CU's long-standing gun ban. Now, those with concealed-carry permits are allowed to bring their weapons onto campus -- barring dorms and ticketed events, such as basketball games or concerts.
A bill sponsored by State Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, proposes that higher education buildings be added to the list of areas where Colorado's Concealed Carry Act doesn't apply. The state House approved her measure earlier this week and it now heads to the state Senate for approval.
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