Colorado Campus Gun Ban Initiative (2016)

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The Colorado Campus Gun Ban Initiative may appear on a 2016 statewide ballot in the state of Colorado as an initiated state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would ban concealed weapons on public college campuses. Currently, Colorado and Utah are the only two states that allow concealed weapons on campuses.[1] Proponents of this measure originally sought to place it on a 2014 ballot, but later decided to wait until 2016.[2]


In 2013, the state legislature passed a slew of gun control laws. The highly contested laws came about, in part, as the result of mass shootings in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012 and in a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.[3] The legislature was also considering a bill with the same objective as the current measure - banning concealed weapons on college campuses. However, the bill was tabled after Sen. Evie Hudak (D-19) confronted a rape victim who said she should have the right to carry a gun for protection.[1]

The passage of the other three gun bills considered by the legislature triggered efforts to recall Sen. Angela Giron (D-3), Senate President John Morse (D-11) and Hudak. Giron and Morse were successfully recalled, and Hudak chose to resign.[4][5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado

Supporters must obtain signatures totaling at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for the office of secretary of state in the preceding general election in order to place the measure on the ballot.

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