CCAC student claims dean blocked gun-rights group

By May 28, 2009

A student at Community College of Allegheny County said one of the school’s deans told her she was breaking the law for trying to start a chapter of an organization that supports students’ rights to carry licensed, concealed weapons on campus.

According to WTAE’s news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Christine Brashier, of Squirrel Hill, said dean of student development Yvonne Burns told her she couldn’t distribute fliers about Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Brashier claims Burns told her she was breaking the law by soliciting on campus.CAC spokesman David Hoovler said the college bans weapons on campus but he also told the Trib that, “We do support the First Amendment and students’ rights to discuss any topic they want to talk about.”

The University of Pittsburgh is one local school which has a chapter of the group, which has around 34,000 members nationwide. The group has more than 300 chapters in 50 states made up of students, faculty, parents and individuals who all believe in the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

Twenty-four states prohibit concealed guns on campuses, and 15, including Pennsylvania, leave it up to the individual schools.

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Schools: Community College of Allegheny County