Laws Concerning Carrying Concealed Firearms On Campus in Colorado

colorado-gunsThe Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled twice that under the Colorado Concealed Carry Act (2003), the Colorado Board of Regents does not have the authority to ban concealed carry license holders from carrying their firearms on public campuses.  (Colorado State in 2010 and the University of Colorado in 2012).  Despite this ruling, many colleges and universities have banned firearms from dorms, dining halls, and event centers.

It should be noted, for example, that the University of Colorado has the authority to in those situations where the University grants access to buildings or facilities pursuant to a contractual relationship, such as a landlord-tenant relationship for access to student housing facilities or a licensor-licensee relationship for access to events that are not generally open to the public, the chancellor of each campus shall have the authority to enter contracts with students, employees, and guests of the University of Colorado governing the terms of that relationship, including contractually limiting the ability of persons to exercise the ability to possess a concealed firearm in those buildings or facilities.

See:  Policy 14I: Weapons Control

Please see each individual school’s weapons policy for more details.

Schools in Colorado Where Concealed Guns on Campus are Permitted by Law

College Town Type
Adams State University Alamosa 4-year
Arapahoe Community College Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock 2-year
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction 4-year
Colorado Mountain College (Multiple Locations) 2-year
Colorado Northwestern Community College (Multiple Locations) 2-year
Colorado School of the Mines Golden 4-year
Colorado State University Fort Collins 4-year
Colorado State University – Pueblo Pueblo 4-year
Community College of Aurora Aurora 2-year
Community College of Denver  Denver 2-year
Fort Lewis College Durango 4-year
Front Range Community College Westminster, Fort Collins & Longmont 2-year
Lamar Community College  Lamar 2-year
Metropolitan State University of Denver  Denver 4-year
Morgan Community College  Fort Morgan, Bennett, Burlington, Limon & Wray 2-year
Northeastern Junior College Sterling 2-year
Otero Community College La Junta 2-year
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs & Falcon 2-year
Pueblo Community College Pueblo 2-year
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood & Arvada 2-year
Trinidad State Junior College Alamosa 2-year
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder 4-year
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs 4-year
University of Colorado at Denver Denver & Aurora 4-year
University of Northern Colorado Greeley 4-year
Western Colorado Community College Grand Junction 2-year
Western State Colorado University Gunnison 4-year

Can permit holders openly carry firearms on a college campus?  No. On-campus In Colorado, firearms must be completely concealed and out of sight.


SEE: Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Updated: June 24, 2022

Disclaimer: Policies are subject to change at any time, both during and between school years. In addition, individual school policies commonly include more details than can be succinctly captured by Each school should be consulted for its most accurate, up-to-date policy.