Gun Rights Groups Sue Ohio State over Weird Anti-Firearms PolicyBy Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
Gun rights advocates have filed a civil lawsuit against Ohio State University for bizzare anti-gun rules.
Students for Concealed Carry and another gun rights group allege that the school's anti-gun policies prohibit students from having firearms off campus.
The plaintiffs claimed that Ohio State officials can ban students from carrying guns on campus. But, the university policy also prevents students from possessing guns during official Ohio State-related activities that occur off campus and from keeping guns in their locked cars.
Lawyers for Students for Concealed Carry argue that the rule is illegal because state law permits students to abandon guns in their locked vehicles.
"The Ohio Revised Code is clear that the legislature retains sole authority to regulate the possession of firearms," said Derek DeBrosse, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "Ohio State's policies are in direct violation of the law," Reason reports.
Zachary Zalneraitis, public relations director at Students for Concealed Carry said that schools that have permitted concealed firearms have failed to explain the rise in shootings.
"Universities typically did not allow concealed carry in the past, but in the places where it has been implemented, we haven't seen the doom and gloom," Zalneraitis said.
Ohio State officials have long been opposed to changing the rules. At the time of E. Gordon Gee's presidency at Ohio State, the school decided not to permit students from possessing firearms.
"But I'm in charge and we're not going to do it," Gee said, according to the lawsuit. "I have looked at these issues very, very carefully. It is not in the interest of a great university whereabouts, the ideas of allowing guns."