Columbus | Concealed Carry groups sue OSU for gun ban

COLUMBUS -- Two gun rights groups, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Students for Concealed Carry Foundation, have filed a lawsuit claiming that Ohio State's rules on gun possession are too broad and violate Ohio law.

The groups say barring students from keeping guns locked inside their cars on campus or possessing a gun off campus violates gun owners' rights.

The University's Student Code of Conduct bans having firearms and other dangerous weapons on campus, even if permitted by law.

State law bars guns on campus-including those covered by a conceal carry permit-unless they are stored safely inside a vehicle.

The lawsuit does not name any present or former OSU students as plaintiffs.

"Ohio State's campus gun ban unlawfully infringes on fundamental Constitutional Rights..It also disarms students to and from campus, leaving them vulnerable to violent crime on their community in what is historically a high crime area, the University District," the Foundation said, in a press release..

The essence of the lawsuit is that the state of Ohio maintains it's the only authority that can regulate firearms in the state and Ohio State's student code violates state law.

Phil Mulivor, of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, said Ohio State's code clearly violates permit-holding gun owners' rights.

Thus far, there's been no response from Ohio State officials.


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