Western KY Univ students plan "open holster" demo

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  1. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

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    A group of students is protesting the schools gun free designation and will hold a demonstration on campus next month.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbc ... 1/70922014



    Saturday, September 22, 2007

    UPDATED: 1:47 PM

    WKU Students plan protest school's no-gun policy

    Associated Press



    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ A group of Western Kentucky University students are planning a protest next month to decry a campus policy banning guns.

    An online group pushed for the protests nationally after the shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 33 people earlier this year.

    "It's called the empty holster protest," Western Kentucky University student Nathan Hayes said. "In support for allowing concealed carry on campus."

    He said students licensed to carry guns should be able to bring them to campus.

    Western Kentucky's policy bans all guns on campus.


    School officials said despite the protest, scheduled for the week of Oct. 22, they would not consider changing the school's gun policy.

    "Western's policy is very clear. You cannot carry a weapon on campus or in any of our buildings," said Gene Tice, WKU's Vice-President of Student Affairs.

    Tice said officials suggested a number of changes following the Virginia Tech shootings to improve campus safety. Those suggestions did not include guns, he said.

    "We have never discussed nor have we ever considered anyone carrying weapons on campus. Only our police officers are authorized to carry weapons and we're very firm about that," Tice said.

    He said students carrying guns might actually create a more dangerous environment.

    "My concern would be the person would not have that kind of training in a highly charged emotional situation the way our police would," Tice said.

    Nationwide, 38 states ban weapons at schools, and 16 of those specifically ban guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other states allow schools to adopt their own gun policies.

    Members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at more than 60 colleges are aiming to change laws to allow permit holders to carry on campus.

    "I've always felt strongly about it," Hayes said. The shootings at Virginia Tech were "the straw though that broke the camel's back."

    Students will protest by wearing an empty holster on campus. Hayes said several students have signed up.

    School officials said they would be keeping a close eye on protesters to ensure their holsters are empty.


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  2. ptsmith24

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    That's a national thing... At least they made the news.
     

  3. merlock

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    Glock Fo-tay FTW :shakehead:

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  4. viper32cm

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    Idiot

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    Is the only thing keeping students from carrying university policy. If so, that's not law and I don't think that you can be arrested for violating university policy. As I've said before if all there was in Georgia was individual university rules about carry I'd have a gun on my all the time.
     
  5. wsweeks2

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    Re: Western KY Univ students plan "open holster" d

    :pointlol:
     
  6. Axeman

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    I am glad to see these students standing up. =D>


    If I were one of these folks, I would be ready for suprize car searches. #-o
     
  7. Guest

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    Once expelled for violating policy you would be hard pressed to find another university that would accept you to finish your degree. Such is the sad liberal world we live in.

    Georgia Southern is holding the same protest Week of Oct 22.
     
  8. wsweeks2

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    Yeah, this might be the one day to go unarmed.
     
  9. viper32cm

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    If it's just a university policy and not a law, I'm nor sure I see how the University would have the ability to search your car. They have no constitutional authority in that regard.
     
  10. wsweeks2

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    Wouldn't surprise me for the university to contact LEO's if this were the case.
     
  11. Thorsen

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    I can't speak for all campus police forces, but the campus officers at UGA are state officers and have the same arrest powers as any state police officer.
     
  12. wsweeks2

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    I'm pretty sure it varies from state to state. In MD it is based on the number of enrolled students as to what level their security or police department can be.
     
  13. ptsmith24

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    :righton:
     
  14. ptsmith24

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    I'm 95% sure that GSouthernU officers are as well.
     
  15. viper32cm

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    Right, but if they aren't violating a law and just a school rule (in Kentucky) then there is no police power to engage in a search.

    That'd be like saying the honor code at a school gave the school search and seizure rights.