Gun legislation package includes college campus focus

Proposal would ban concealed carry in higher education buildings

Colorado Democrats on Tuesday announced a list of proposed gun-related laws, including a measure to ban the carrying of concealed weapons in buildings on college campuses.

Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, had said she would introduce such legislation this session. She is expected to co-sponsor the bill with Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder.

The proposal follows the Supreme Court’s ruling last year that CU could not prohibit concealed-carry permit holders from having guns on campuses.

Because the University of Colorado Board of Regents has not discussed the proposed bill, the university has not taken an official position.

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, announced the package of gun measures at the Capitol. The news conference was attended by family members of shooting victims at Columbine, Aurora and Newtown.

Among the other several measures in the package is the proposed establishment of liability for makers and sellers of military-style guns, mandatory background checks for gun buyers, a ban of high-capacity magazines and a call for mental health professionals to notify the Colorado Bureau of Investigation when judging that a patient poses a serious threat.