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Apartment Property Management's Gun Ban Overturned By Owners

The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that renters at an apartment complex in Douglas County, Colorado were told that they were prohibited from keeping firearms in their apartments by the management company:

Renters at an apartment community just south of Denver are between a rock and a hard place, ordered by their landlord to either get rid of their weapons or move out.

The manager at Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, Colo., sent a notice to renters last week advising them of the new rule banning all “firearms and weapons” from the premises, a local news station reported.

Residents have until Oct. 1 to comply. The rule has one worried — and outraged.

Art Dorsch, 77, a Marine Corps veteran and avid hunter with a concealed carry permit, said he lives on a fixed income and can’t afford to move. But he said managers gave him three options: willingly remove the guns and stay, keep the guns and move, or keep the guns and wait to be forced to leave.

According to Colorado's 9 News,  the station that originally broke the story, Ross Management, was overruled by the property's owners late Wednesday and nixed the property management's gun ban. "The apartments in question are public housing and they didn't give the property manager permission to infringe on individual rights," says 9 News.  The Denver Housing Authority now wants to know if Ross management is attempting to slip other gun bans upon other public housing properties the company manages.

A controversial gun policy at an apartment complex for seniors has been thrown out after a 9Wants to Know report.

The Douglas County Housing Partnership, a multi-jurisdictional housing authority, held an emergency board of directors meeting late Wednesday afternoon.

Board members decided that the policy, which would have prohibited residents from having firearms in their homes, will not go into effect.

The Douglas County Housing partnership owns Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock. It was purchased with federal funds and is supported by local, state, and federal tax dollars.




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