Legislators Join OFF In Defense Of Lawful Gun Owners.
Representatives Kim Thatcher and Bruce Hanna joined OFF and the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation today in defense of a college student (and Marine Corps veteran) who was falsely arrested at Western Oregon University last week.
The student was charged with “possession of a firearm in a public building.” The college has barred him from classes and the state has charged him with the same crime. The student was involved in no unlawful activities nor was he engaged in any actions that would discredit a responsible gun owner. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There is one small problem. The student has a valid Oregon concealed handgun license. He is statutorily exempt from the prohibitions on gun possession in public buildings.
Apparently neither the college nor the Monmouth Police are acquainted with the law.
The student contacted us last week and we agreed to defend him against these charges, brought by people who seem incapable of reading.
The student is going to face a “hearing” at the college early next week and OFF and our attorney will be there. Our foundation has promised to defend the student and provide whatever legal assistance he requires.
This is an important case. Our foundation filed a lawsuit against the Oregon University System several years ago for the same attack on gun rights, but the court found that since the plaintiff had not been arrested or expelled, they would not consider the case.
This case is different. The WOU student was singled out and arrested in spite of the fact that he had committed no crime.
He has been trespassed off the school property and had his academic career damaged for a “crime ” that does not exist. We are committed to defending him.
It is ironic that at a time when when universities are begging for armed guards, some are also demanding that trained gun owners be disarmed.
No matter how this battle goes, it will be expensive. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to our legal foundation to help us cover the costs of the student’s defense, we would be grateful for your help. You can donate here.
Please be sure to note that your donation is for OFEF so you receive a receipt for tax purposes.