University considered a gun rights speech such a threat that it made students hire cops to patrol it

Katherine Timpf
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  • Boise State University's Young Americans for Liberty chapter invited Dick Heller, whose lawsuit allowed citizens of D.C. to buy and own handguns, to speak on campus.
  • BSU forced YAL to hire three extra guards and two city police officers at the last minute for $465 to patrol the speech out of safety concerns.
  • Boise State University (BSU) forced a conservative student group to pay to hire extra security guards and police officers in order to bring a gun-rights speaker to campus.

    The BSU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) invited Dick Heller, who won a 2008 Supreme Court Case that allowed residents of the District of Columbia to buy and own handguns, to speak on campus on May 16.

    “Boise State overstepped its bounds by charging extra security fees last minute for an event where the goal wasn’t to have an open-carry gun rally, but rather provide an educational forum for our students and community regarding a very important, historical Second Amendment Supreme Court ruling.”   

    YAL said the school charged the group a last-minute $465 fee to hire three extra guards and two city police officers to patrol the speech, claiming the event was a threat to campus security.

    “We do charge campus groups for security when it is deemed a necessary component of an event, based on threat assessments,” BSU communications staffer Kathleen Tuck told Idaho Reporter, a local news source.

    “In this case, there was concern that a community member had been encouraging folks to open carry,” she continued.

    But YAL said the group specifically warned against open carrying in the official event announcement.

    “Boise State overstepped its bounds by charging extra security fees last minute for an event where the goal wasn’t to have an open-carry gun rally, but rather provide an educational forum for our students and community regarding a very important, historical Second Amendment Supreme Court ruling,” YAL leader Sherlyn Rose wrote in an email to the Reporter.

    BSU has not stated whether or not it has ever charged extra fees for other events.

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    Katherine Timpf

    Katherine Timpf

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    Katherine Timpf is a columnist at Campus Reform. Previously, Timpf worked as a reporter, web editor, and radio personality at The Washington Times. She was also an anchor for NASA's alternative radio station, Third Rock Radio.

    Timpf has appeared on national television news shows, including  America Live with Megyn Kelly and Fox and Friends, and her stories have been featured on several national news outlets, including the Drudge Report. She has been an op ed contributor to publications including the Orange County Register and Investor's Business Daily.

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