CCAC allows handouts without prior review

October 2, 2009

Community College of Allegheny County will no longer require prior review of student handouts after complaints by a women who sought last spring to form a group advocating the right to carry concealed firearms on campus.

The student, Christine "Christa" Brashier, attempted to organize a campus chapter of a national group, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

In June, she said a CCAC employee told her the organizing amounted to "soliciting," ordered her to destroy fliers she created and warned she risked sanctions if she pursued the matter without the school's OK.

Ms. Brashier said the order violated her free speech rights.

The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania took up her cause.

CCAC officials, including President Alex Johnson, have said it was never the school's intent to deny her the right to organize such a group. They said fliers left on tables throughout the campus cafeteria and elsewhere violated rules by using CCAC's name in a way that suggested a link between it and her as-yet unrecognized group...

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