First Amendment Rights Trampled by Pittsburgh College after Student Advocates for Concealed Carry of Firearms on Campus

First Amendment Rights Trampled by Pittsburgh College after Student Advocates for Concealed Carry of Firearms on Campus

PITTSBURGH, May 27, 2009—A student who wants to form a gun-rights group at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been threatened with disciplinary action for her efforts. Student Christine Brashier has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help after reporting that administrators banned her informational pamphlets, ordered her to destroy all copies of them, and told her that further “academic misconduct” would not be tolerated.

“CCAC has demonstrated a shocking lack of respect for the rights of free speech and free association,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “Across the country, students are increasingly denied the First Amendment right to debate the Second Amendment. At CCAC, this censorship trend has reached a new low.”

In April, CCAC student Christine Brashier created pamphlets to distribute to her classmates encouraging them to join her in forming a chapter of the national Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) organization at CCAC. The handbill states that the group “supports the legalization of concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses.” She personally distributed copies of the flyer, which identified her as a “Campus Leader” of the effort to start the chapter.

On April 24, Jean Snider, Student Development Specialist at CCAC's Allegheny Campus, summoned Brashier to a meeting that day with Snider and Yvonne Burns, Dean of Student Development. According to Brashier, **[the deans told Brashier]("")** that passing out her non-commercial pamphlets was prohibited as "solicitation." They told Brashier that trying to "sell" other students on the idea of the organization was prohibited.

Let’s see, students try to form group to change law they don’t like. Lowering drinking age back to eighteen? Legalising marijuana? Cool.

Gun rights!? [sirens] [flashing lights] [klaxons]
They – must – be – stopped.

Someone didn’t learn anything from the VaTech massacre! All the cops were able to do that day was count the bodies. I know conceal/carry is a hot topic, but it is one I support. Why is the only ones that can “conceal/carry” are the criminals who buy their guns on the black market and seem to get away with it? This student wants conceal/carry for security and wants to do it leagally but is shot down without discussion. Lalala I can’t hear you!!
CCAC must be confident in their plans should they have a situation like Va Tech. I say more power to this student, she wants to protect herself and her rights.


Nothing to see here. Move along now.

This is a simple case of double standards.

Liberal university administrators will stand up for your rights to advocate all sorts of deviant behavior but they will not tolerate anyone who wants to protect themselves.

That is the crux of this issue. Free speech only applies to those who agree with the faculty.


The problem here is that you’re taking the press release of an organization with a dog in the fight as “news”. You’re hearing one biased side of the story (I’m making that assumption based on the misrepresentation did in their write-up when this happened on my college campus - see

Legally, the school can’t say much about how they handled it, so the gun advocacy group gets to put their side of the story out and it gets to stand in public opinion as “the story”. It seems to me that this group intentionally skews “the facts” their direction to get their desired outcome, which is people believing a sensationalistic headline like this one.

Yes, I agree this is sensational, as it should be whenever our basic freedoms are denied due process. The only reason you only get one side of the story is because the other folk with a dog in the fight want this to go away so they are just ignoring it.

I told a friend of mine about this, a dyed in the wool ACLU type. She accused me of being a “gun nut”.
There’s a snappy comeback. I told her I’ve never fired a gun in my life – I’m more of a “rights nut”.

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