Friday, July 18, 2014

Boise State Annuls Fines From Gun Rights Event

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Back in May 2014, the Young Americans for Liberty group sponsored a campus speech by gun-rights advocate Dick Heller at Boise State University. The school charged $465 in security fines for the event, but met backlash from the Idaho Freedom Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. The Idaho Freedom Foundation considered the fines a violation of the First Amendment. 

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Boise State officials said they will rescind the security fines.

University attorney Kevin Satterlee said the extra fines were charged after a community member was seen encouraging attendees to bring weapons onto campus. He told the AP that not providing extra security would've been considered negligence. Boise police staffed the gun-rights event with additional officers, and the university justified the fines to the group as a way to defray costs to students and taxpayers. 

Satterlee said Boise State will not change its event policies as the Idaho Freedom Foundation and the ACLU of Idaho requested. The groups called the policies unconstitutional and threatened to sue unless they are amended. 

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