Student leaders at Colorado State University voted overwhelmingly tonight in favor of a resolution asking school president Tony Frank to continue to allow people with concealed-weapon permits to go armed on campus.
"I feel students have a right to have a measure of self-defense on campus," said sophomore Cooper Anderson, a student senator representing the College of Agriculture Sciences and a co-author of the resolution.
"It's a fact that crime doesn't stop at the university's doorstep."
He added the change departs from state law and current university policy.
"We've had enormous support and expressions of concern from students about the possibility of not keeping concealed-carry on campus, said junior David
* Read the CSU student government's resolution (PDF).
Ambrose, another resolution co-author who represents the College of Business.
Twenty-one members of the Associated Students of CSU Senate voted in favor of the eight-page resolution, three against and five members were absent or abstained.
CSU is one of a few U.S. colleges that allow weapons carried by those with permits. Campus police, other safety experts and Frank's cabinet said in October that the campus should be gun-free except for security officers.
The mass shooting at Virginia Tech University in 2007 prompted CSU's faculty senate to ask for a review of the gun policy last year.
CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander said Frank would consider the student leaders' resolution before making a decision.
CSU's Board of Governors will discuss the issue at a meeting Friday morning in the system's Denver office, but the final decision is Frank's.
In the 23 states that allow public and state campuses to decide their own gun policies, nearly all have policies banning weapons on campus, according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
In May, a district judge in El Paso County tossed out a student group's lawsuit aimed at overturning the ban on University of Colorado campuses, adopted in 1994.
Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia has allowed permitted weapons since 1995, and Michigan State University has since June.
Utah prohibits state schools from banning guns on campus, according to the college association.