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An empty holster is now a weapon at the University of South Alabama, after campus police cited student D.J. Parten for wearing one on campus.
The holster led to an encounter with campus police, a video obtained by Campus Reform shows. Ironically, Parten was wearing the holster to protest the school’s ban on all weapons on campus. Two officers approached Parten and another man while they were running a table promoting the group Students for Concealed Carry.
“Is it just because I have my holster on me?” Parten asked.
“Yeah it is because somebody called it in,” the officer answered. “If you’ve been a student since 2014 you know there’s a no-weapons policy out here.”
“This is a protest,” Parten said. “I
“Doesn’t matter,” the officer said. “You have permission to wear it?”
“I don’t need permission to wear it,” Parten said.
“You need permission from the university to wear it,” the officer said.
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“To wear a holster?” Parten asked.
“No weapons policy period,” the officer answered.
“That’s not a weapon,” Parten said.
“I understand that,” the officer said.
“It’s an empty holster,” Parten responded.
“So I’m going to ask you one more time: Where’s the weapon?” the officer asked.
“I don’t have one. It’s at home,” Parten answered.
Parten was cited with violating Section 7G and 7N of the student code of conduct, the first of which references “engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community” and “intentionally initiating or causing any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.”
Section 7N says students may not violate rules, regulations or policies, according to Campus Reform.
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