The University of Colorado regents will vote Friday morning on whether the school should continue its legal battle to keep guns off its campuses.

A public comment period for the issue will begin at 10 a.m., prior to the board’s vote. The board meeting will be held on the East Campus and Research Park, in the first-floor main conference room of 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder.

In April, judges with the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a gun-rights group that sued CU and argued that a 1994 university policy banning concealed weapons violates state gun laws.

CU leaders will meet with attorneys behind closed doors about the gun ban Thursday night, said CU system spokesman Ken McConnellogue.

Friday’s vote could prove to be a litmus test for Republican board members, who hold a 5-4 majority.

Only two of the board’s conservatives — regents Tom Lucero and Jim Geddes — have made strong statements in favor of lifting the ban to allow students and employees with concealed-carry permits to pack heat on CU’s campuses.

But Geddes said last week that board autonomy might factor into his decision.

On Thursday, CU’s student government is holding a discussion session and vote to support the court’s decision to repeal the campus-wide gun ban. The Legislative Council meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s ballroom, Room 247.

Students are invited to voice their opinions on the matter before the council takes an advisory vote on the bill. The measure was approved on first reading two weeks ago by a narrow vote of seven to six, with two members still undecided.

Colorado Daily staff writer Whitney Bryen contributed to this report.