CU Allows Concealed Carry at Republican Assembly

April 11, 2014
By
Regent Sue Sharkey

Regent Sue Sharkey

DENVER — Republican permit-holders will be able to bring their concealed firearms to Saturday’s Republican Party State Assembly, thanks to some quick action Friday by University of Colorado Regents Steve Bosley and Sue Sharkey.

University officials had originally said that concealed carry would not be allowed at the state assembly, which is being held at the Coors Event Center on the CU Boulder campus, but changed their minds after calls from the Republican regents.

“Big victory for freedom. CCW ban lifted for tomorrow great work by Regents Bosley and Sharkey,” said state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) on Twitter.

Both regents were attending the congressional assemblies Friday at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield when party officials announced that there would be no concealed-carry at Saturday’s state assembly due to university rules.

Sharkey said she knew immediately that the policy had been misinterpreted, and apparently so did Bosley, sitting in another part of the ballroom. Both promptly called university attorney Patrick O’Rourke.

“It was pretty comical—both Steve and I are going and getting on the phone and we didn’t know what the other was doing,” said Sharkey. “We both had the same reaction.”

Concealed carry is allowed on the CU Boulder campus except where not permitted by contract. For example, the student housing lease doesn’t allow concealed carry in dormitories, and events that require ticket sales also typically ban concealed carry.

While tickets are sold for most activities at the Coors Event Center, there were no tickets offered for the Republican state assembly, said Sharkey.

“What Steve and I did was we challenged that, and said, ‘No, we don’t think that’s right,’” said Sharkey.

“So they took a second look at the contract and determined that in fact, what they had was not right, and that concealed carry could in fact be brought into the event center.”

Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call made the announcement at Friday’s assemblies, but delegates from the 2nd and 4th congressional districts had already left by that time, she said.

There was a bit of a surprise in the 4th CD: Delegates gave state Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley) the top line on the Republican primary ballot for the congressional race, above Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.

Renfroe took 54 percent of the vote while Buck captured 46 percent, well above the 30 percent needed to qualify for the June 24 primary. A third candidate, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, said she would attempt to petition onto the ballot.

The candidates are running to replace Rep. Cory Gardner, who’s stepping down to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in November.

Sharkey, who isn’t up for reelection until 2016, said she was grateful that university officials agreed to change their minds.

“Steve Bosley and I are very pleased at the turnaround on behalf of the university, that they changed their stance,” said Sharkey. “I’m really happy about that. They did the right thing.”

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6 Responses to CU Allows Concealed Carry at Republican Assembly

  1. April 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Interesting spin – but not supported by the facts.

    The REAL scoop on concealed-carry at the CU Events Center for the Colorado Republican State Assembly tomorrow:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/confusion-on-cu-concealed-carry-policies-adds-controversy-to-gop-state-assembly

  2. Jack W
    April 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Republicans can never understand the Marxist mind, because they’ve never read the Leftist theories. Why did CU change its policy on concealed carry? Here’s why……..If there is one instance in which a weapon is fired, and especially if someone is wounded or worse, at the GOP assembly Saturday, April 12, there will be a never-ending, perpetual daily media barrage until November 5, 2014. It will be the one and only hope the left has to even the odds on them remaining in control of Colorado.

    • Matt
      April 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      CU did NOT “change its policy on concealed carry” –
      unless you’re referring to the policy change of TWO YEARS AGO in response to the “new & improved” Colorado Supreme Court striking down the CU Gun Ban.

      Ryan Call claiming credit for a “policy change” is the height of disingenuousness.

  3. dee dee
    April 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Matt, no where in the observer story does it say that the GOP got the policy changed at CU. What it says is that due to the nature of the event (no ticket sales) the regents correctly pointed out that the gun ban doesn’t apply, and the lawyer for CU agreed. You must have mixed up this story with the one you mentioned in the examiner. I was at the meeting where they made the announcement about the ban being “lifted”, GOP leadership in no way implied that they got the policy changed. The story as published in the Observer is correct.

    • April 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Actually, the story DOES say that the GOP claims to have gotten the policy “changed” – right there in the lead paragraph:

      “Republican permit-holders will be able to bring their concealed firearms to Saturday’s Republican Party State Assembly, thanks to some quick action Friday by University of Colorado Regents Steve Bosley and Sue Sharkey.”

      Also makes the claim in the article’s conclusion:

      “Sharkey, who isn’t up for reelection until 2016, said she was grateful that university officials agreed to change their minds.

      “Steve Bosley and I are very pleased at the turnaround on behalf of the university, that they changed their stance,” said Sharkey. “I’m really happy about that. They did the right thing.”

      The Observer story is INCORRECT in asserting any policy “change” due to any action on the part of Republican party officers or CU Regents.
      FACT.

  4. jen raiffie
    April 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I went on grassroots radio and listed amongst several assembly issues that guns would not be permitted. The next day, Matt Arnold did his homework, cited statute, and made phone calls. Sharkey indeed confirmed CU had no such policy. This was a GOP policy for the event, not a CU policy, as I understand it. The real story here is why would the CO GOP Chair have such a policy after we all fought so hard to allow concealed carry on campus? First he co-opted the recall efforts after trying to squash them.. now this? Please issue a correction. Thanks!

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