KENT, OH (AP) — A university in Ohio has told a recent graduate to stop advertising an open-carry gun rally on campus because she doesn’t have permission to hold the event.
Kaitlin Bennett drew widespread attention in May when she posted photos of herself walking on the Kent State University campus with an AR-10 slung over her shoulder and carrying a mortar board with the words “Come and take it.”
The Record-Courier reports Bennett planned to hold the rally Sept. 29.
On September 29th, I will be returning to Kent State to host an open carry rally. We plan on bringing out a great lineup of speakers, and appreciate any help we can get to make this the greatest gun rally of the year! #KSUOpenCarryRally https://t.co/b6nJjTlRri— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) August 10, 2018
Kent State said Wednesday it has told Bennett the event doesn’t comply with university policy because it’s not sponsored by a student organization or university department.
Bennett posted on Twitter that she plans to hold the rally and the university doesn’t have the right to stop gun owners from “legally gathering” on campus.
.@KentState is sending out notices saying they canceled my open carry demonstration, but have no right to keep gun owners from legally gathering on campus. We will be there. September 29th. You can’t scare us, and you can’t stop us from legally expressing our 2nd amendment rights— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) August 29, 2018