Campus Gun Ban Advances in Colorado Senate

DENVER — Colleges in Colorado would lose their unusual status of allowing concealed weapons under a bill that cleared a Colorado Senate committee Monday after hours of emotional testimony.

Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo choked back tears as she cast the deciding vote on a 3-2 tally sending the bill to the full Senate. The bill says that concealed weapons would not be allowed on public college campuses. It has already cleared the House.

Several victims of rape on college campuses and two survivors of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre testified against the measure. They said that students are vulnerable in areas where law-abiding citizens can’t carry concealed weapons.

The campus gun bill was among seven gun-safety measures that advanced in the Democratic Legislature Monday.