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Groups Sue Ohio State Over Gun Policy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Ohio State University has been sued over their policy to ban the possession of firearms by students, staff, faculty, and others on their campus.

The suit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, has been brought by the Students for Concealed Carry Foundation and Ohioans For Concealed Carry.

"There's nothing in state or federal law that would permit a public university, like Ohio State University, to simply suspend a citizen's firearms rights at the college's front door," said Philip Mulivor with Ohioans for Concealed Carry.

The lawsuit also claims that the rules disarm students traveling to and from campus, leaving them vulnerable to violent crime on their commute in what is historically a high crime area. 

While Ohio law permits a concealed handgun licensee to store a firearm in a motor vehicle on OSU’s campuses, a student could face administrative sanctions from the university including expulsion due to the certain provisions in the Student Code of Conduct.

"All we want to have happen is to see Ohio State University obey the law," Mulivor said.

Mulivor says that when people have the ability to legally carry guns, crime goes down.

OSU spokesman Gary Lewis said in a statement that the university is taking a look at the lawsuit.

"We are reviewing it and will prepare an appropriate legal response," Lewis wrote in an e-mail.

 

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