ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — A group of students wearing empty holsters is protesting gun restrictions this week at Oakland University.
Reid Smith, of Students for Concealed Carry On Campus, said they’re lobbying for the university to recognize their constitutional right to bear arms.
The university has a zero-tolerance gun policy, which applies to everyone except police officers. But, according to state law, the university can not take any legal action against someone carrying a weapon in a holster, but they can be faced with discipline from school administrators — like being asked to leave class.
“We enforce a student code of conduct provision that bans carrying weapons on campus, and our faculty and staff recognize that for them to carry a weapon on campus would be inappropriate. We vigorously support a recent university senate resolution that opposes both current and pending state law allowing anyone with a permit to carry firearms on campus,” OU President Gary Russi said in a statement.