Denver– Yesterday, the Senate State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 1226, the No Conceal Carry at Colleges bill on a party line vote. This bill would prohibit any person from carrying a handgun with a validly issued concealed carry permit in a public institution of higher learning or any property controlled by the institution, such as a parking garage.
“This vote is extremely disturbing,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs). “The women who came here and shared their personal stories of rape and assault have just been victimized again by their own government.”
“All conceal carry permit holders must go through a class, pay a fee, be a law abiding citizens over the age of 21 and have proper firearms training to receive a conceal carry permit,” said Senator Ted Harvey (R-Highlands Ranch). “To deny law-abiding citizens that have the maturity, judgment and experience the right to carry a weapon on campus is mind-boggling.”
“As a woman who had a good friend who was raped in college, I believe every woman should have the choice to protect themselves,” said Carol Perry, who testified in opposition of the proposal. “If they decide they need a gun to protect themselves, that’s their right.”