27 May 2009

Community College Coed Under Fire For Proposing Concealed Carry By Students

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A student who wants to form a gun-rights group at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been threatened with disciplinary action for her efforts. Student Christine Brashier has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help after reporting that administrators banned her informational pamphlets, ordered her to destroy all copies of them, and told her that further "academic misconduct" would not be tolerated.
"CCAC has demonstrated a shocking lack of respect for the rights of free speech and free association," FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. "Across the country, students are increasingly denied the First Amendment right to debate the Second Amendment. At CCAC, this censorship trend has reached a new low."

Great reading. A fascinating case. Ms. Brashier is being singled out because the university administration doesn't like the Second Amendment.

And they can't do that.

She has been interrogated by the university about what firearms she owns (what business is it of theirs?), practically accused of bringing firearms to campus (she says she hasn't), and has been told she cannot express her First Amendment right to free speech in questioning the campus' prohibition on concealed carry by licensed CHL holders.

I hope the people at FIRE, who have one hell of a track record in these matters, turn up the heat on university administrators. No student should be treated this way for merely asking why she cannot exercise her basic human right of self defense.


Anonymous said...

One other question to be asked is if the college itself can ban firearms, period. There is no state law prohibiting the carrying of firearms at colleges (just K-12 schools). The college is a creation of Allegheny County, and is thus a county entity. In Pennsylvania, only the state legslature can regulate firearms - counties and other political subdivisions cannot (makes for uniform firearms laws across the state).

So, how can this county entity do what state law says it cannot?

Anonymous said...

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