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Student Sues University For Right To Bear Arms On Campus

By Tania Dall
Published On: Sep 12 2011 12:12:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 26 2011 08:27:08 AM CST
MOSCOW, Idaho -

The right to bear arms has become the fodder for a lawsuit on the University of Idaho campus, where a law student is suing the university for the right to store firearms in his on-campus apartment.

Right now the university requires students living on campus to store their weapons in an on-campus lock-up at a police substation that can only be accessed by local police.

Second-year law student Aaron Tribble keeps a pistol and shotgun in the lock-up, but he isn?t a fan of the regulations. Keeping his wife and two kids safe is why Tribble is taking on the university for the right to store his guns at home.

?I hear people say, 'Well, why don't you just go live somewhere else?' Like it's just not a big issue. But it's like why do we have a Constitution?" he said.

Keeping his wife and two kids safe is why Tribble is taking on the university for the right to store his guns at home.

?I?ve waited anywhere from five to sometimes 30 minutes to get it and when I'm there to get my gun, I'm usually leaving town," Tribble said.

Moscow police officers have to be called in to access the secured weapons. Police checked in or out 218 guns last year.

Tribble's battle is gaining support from Students for Concealed Carry On Campus.

?I?m very relaxed but do have a firearm and the training I have, I have as an instructor too, it's a useful tool,? Al Baker with the group Students for Concealed Carry On Campus said. ?I subscribe to the old Boy Scout model of 'Be Prepared.'"

Not everyone supports the idea behind Tribble?s suit.

"I wouldn't feel as safe living with people in the dorms or whatever, with people who had guns," student Andrea Vanderwoude said.

"I'd feel more comfortable with weapons off campus. Me personally, I am a gun owner but I live off campus and it kind of makes it a different story,? student Steven Hulse said.

Officials at the University of Idaho declined to comment on the lawsuit specifically but referred to standing regulations that state, "firearms and weapons are strictly prohibited in the residence halls and surrounding areas."

Tribble, who hopes to graduate from law school in a year, hopes his lawsuit ends with the successful preservation of what he believes is his right to bear arms.

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