Va. Gun-Rights Group Plans Protests At Universities

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A leading state gun-rights group is organizing a series of "campus safety" demonstrations this fall to oppose Virginia university rules that would place greater limits on carrying firearms on campus.

Among the planned protest sites are two Hampton Roads schools - Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary - where officials are developing regulations to tighten existing gun restrictions in response to an opinion from the state attorney general's office.

The rules under consideration at the Norfolk and Williamsburg schools are similar to regulations enacted by George Mason University. The Northern Virginia university's guidelines were challenged by a campus visitor but upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court in January.

Spearheading the campaign against such rules is the Virginia Citizens Defense League, whose leaders are also are calling on alumni to withhold donations if their alma maters restrict gun rights.

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