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  • Settlement allows concealed carry gun storage in vehicles on Ohio State campus

    https://www.ohio.com/news/20190323/s...o-state-campus


    Settlement allows concealed carry gun storage in vehicles on Ohio State campus - News - Akron Beacon Journal - Akron, OH

    A settlement agreement and related litigation between Ohio State University and gun rights advocates has resulted in a change in the university’s policies to allow students with concealed carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles on campus.

    A lawsuit filed more than two years ago by two gun rights groups and Mike Newbern, an OSU Marion student and instructor, charged that Ohio State policies prohibiting storage of guns in vehicles went against state law.

    In December 2016, the General Assembly passed and Gov. John Kasich signed a law that lifted a longstanding statewide ban on carrying concealed guns at colleges, day care centers and airports, but left it up to universities whether to actually allow them. Ohio State continues to prohibit weapons and firearms on its campuses unless properly authorized by an appropriate university official, but now does not prohibit the storage of firearms inside a locked vehicle on campus.

    In February, Ohio State’s board of trustees approved changes to the student conduct code that the parties negotiated in a settlement agreement, and the case in Marion County Common Pleas Court was dismissed last week.

    “We’re happy that Ohio State has changed the student code of conduct so that vetted, trained, licensed students will be able to store their lawfully possessed firearms in their cars parked on campus,” Newbern said in a news release. “It’s unfortunate that the rights of those students codified by the General Assembly some 15 years ago [when Ohio implemented its concealed carry program] weren’t recognized until we challenged the University in court at great expense to the Ohio taxpayer.”

    Settlement allows concealed carry gun storage in vehicles on Ohio State campus - News - Akron Beacon Journal - Akron, OH

    Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the university already had been enforcing rules about storing guns in vehicles in accordance with state law, and the recent move by the board simply updated the language in its student code of conduct.

    “Ohio State was already enforcing its rules to allow any locked-vehicle storage that state law required the university to allow,” Johnson said in an email. “Therefore, Ohio State was willing to amend the student code, given that the change in language would not amount to any change in Ohio State’s enforcement practice.”

    Gun rights advocates said they are hopeful other schools will follow suit after the Ohio State case.

    “This settlement recognizes a right the General Assembly was very careful to protect when it implemented the concealed carry program in Ohio in 2004,” Derek A. DeBrosse, one of the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the case, said in a news release.
    Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

  • #2
    Woo Hoo, students get to exercise the privilege they always had.

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    • #3
      Sad that it takes a lawsuit to change something that should be common sense...
      Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. James Madison, Federalist Paper No 10

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      • #4
        Agreed. So Ohio State is going to follow the law, years after it was enacted.
        Yea, great leadership. Remember that when they call asking for money.
        (I"m an OSU graduate, who has donated, but not in years since they started lobbing against us and refusing to follow the law)

        But, this is another important win. We continue to march forward restoring our rights.

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