Concealed carry group files a lawsuit against The Ohio State University for campus wide gun ban

Group says ban is "unconstitutional"

CINCINNATI – A concealed carry organization filed a lawsuit against The Ohio State University for its code of conduct that bans students from keeping guns in their vehicles on campus.

The organization Students for Concealed Carry filed the suit against OSU because of the university's Student Code of Conduct that prohibits “storage or possession of dangerous weapons” on campus, “even if otherwise permitted by law.”

According to the Concealed Carry Laws and License Application, it is forbidden to carry concealed handguns on Universities “unless locked in a motor vehicle or in the process of being locked in a motor vehicle.“

The code of conduct prohibits the ability to store weapons in locked motor vehicles, or carrying a concealed weapon when participating in off-campus university activities.

Students for Concealed Carry, joined by Ohioans for Concealed Carry, believe that OSU's campus gun ban “unlawfully infringes on fundamental Constitutional Rights” as stated in a press release.

Derek A. DeBrosse, Columbus attorney representing the groups in the case, spoke to The Columbus Dispatch about the case.

“In a nutshell, the thrust of this case was the state of Ohio said, ‘We’re the only ones that can regulate firearms,’  ” DeBrosse said. “What they’ve done is like a roundabout. Through the code of student regulations, they’ve violated state law.”

Commenting to the Dispatch, OSU officials didn't comment on the legal particulars of the case. "We were recently served with the complaint in this action. We are reviewing it and will prepare an appropriate legal response,” wrote OSU spokesman Gary Lewis.

The court date has been set for July 14, 2015.

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