OSU Republicans will host Second Amendment week

The event has drawn fire from some who say a college campus isn't the place to promote this type of event.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 6:16 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 9:09 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University's College Republicans will host a Second Amendment week that features a concealed carry class and a gun drawing.

Members of the group said their goal is to educate others about guns and explain the necessity of the Second Amendment. 

Peter Halajian, the president of College Republicans, said they will set up an information table on Monday, and then will hold a concealed carry class next Tuesday. The gun drawing is on Friday.

The concealed carry class will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds because guns aren't allowed on campus. 

Top prizes in the drawing are a Ruger Security-9 centerfire 9 mm pistol and a Ruger American bolt-action 7 mm rifle. Halajian said in the past they've given away assault rifles but decided against it this year because they didn't want to be insensitive in light of national events.

He said even if a person wins a gun through the drawing they still have to pass a background check and meet all the qualifications to actually receive the gun from the store which donated it.

"I'd really like to engage the community on this, on the subject that's causing people a good deal of distress," Halajian said.  "I don't think there will be a whole lot of rainbows and unicorns that come out of this, but if we can make a few people see our point, or help a few people see our point, I can call that a good week."

However, some OSU students and parents don't agree. 

Ali King is a concerned parent who said a college campus isn't the place to promote this type of event.

"I think it shouldn't be promoted at all on campus," King said. "If they want to do it in the community of Corvalliss then that's absolutley fine, but I don't think the college campus is the place for it."

OSU officials said the university has had numerous students and parents share their concerns about the event, but said freedom of expression is a constitutional right they can't take away on the public campus.

"I as an administrator, or our university as an institution can't tell someone who goes to school here and follows the rules, to not do something because it is in poor taste at this time," Steve Clark, OSU vice president said. "We asked them to be mindful of the public attitutde."

Clark said the student group has followed all university guidelines and policies.

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