Boise State Gives Back ‘Security Fee’ to Group That Hosted Gun-Rights Speaker

July 21, 2014

By College Fix Staff at The College Fix

Boise State University will give back the $465 “security fee” it charged its Young Americans for Liberty chapter to host an event with 2nd Amendment speaker Dick Heller, the Associated Press reported.

The school faced heavy criticism across the ideological spectrum for the move, with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education calling the fee – which was sprung on the group less than a day before the event – a “heckler’s veto” over unpopular speech.

Boise State isn’t changing its event policies, though, as requested by Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, university attorney Kevin Satterlee told the AP. Those groups had threatened to sue.

Boise State maintained that a “community member” told others to “open carry” to the event, though organizers themselves told attendees not to bring guns.

Heller was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision striking down Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun law.

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