Gun Class

You know what America’s college campuses need? More guns. In class. That’ll really improve things I bet. Very important to keep that privilege strong.

Apparently that represents the feelings (or at least the public position) of University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano, who indicated that professors don’t have the right to kick students out for bringing guns to class.

According to a piece by Brittany Anas in the Daily Camera DiStefano,

Notified the Boulder campus faculty Tuesday afternoon that professors “do not have the right to shut down a class or refuse to teach” should they learn that one of their students is lawfully carrying a gun under a concealed-carry permit.

And, DiStefano added, any faculty members who do so will be in violation of their contracts and face disciplinary action.

Wait, why? The Supreme Court of Colorado overturned CU’s Boulder campus ban on guns earlier in the year, but that was an institutional prohibition in violation of Colorado’s 2003 Concealed Carry Act, which prohibits local governments from limiting the state’s permissive concealed-carry rights.

But why can’t college professors set their own rules? Students are legally allowed to chew gum and use personal electronic devices, walk around shirtless or smoke pot in the state of Colorado. But professors can and do prohibit these things routinely.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer