BREAKING: Colorado Apartment Complex Backs Down on Gun Ban, Marine Vet Can Keep His Guns and His Home

August 7 2013
by GSL Staff
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Earlier today we reported on a Colorado apartment complex that gave its residents a tough choice – disarm, or get out.

Here is part of our original story,

According to a report by 9News.com, Art Dorsch, age 77, a Marine Corps veteran, has been issued an ultimatum by his apartment complex, Oakwood Apartments managed by Ross Management Company in Castle Rock, CO.

Voluntarily get rid of all of your weapons, or leave in the next 60 days.

Dorsch says he lives on a fixed income and simply cannot afford to move right now.

Legally, there probably isn’t much Dorsch can do. Private property rights almost always trump other rights as the Constitution provides protection from the government, not private entities. Courts also allow landlords a lot of leniency in restrictions placed on tenants. That said, legal or not, it’s not going to sit well with most people that this apartment complex is forcing some residents to choose between being protected in their homes or homelessness.

According to News9, who broke the original story, the apartment complex is now backing down,

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.

“These community policy changes were distributed without the knowledge or authorization of the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Housing Partnership or its staff,” a Douglas County Housing Partnership release said. “This board does not support any action that infringes on an individual’s rights and will not allow Ross Management to implement these changes. The mission of the Douglas County Housing partnership is to preserve and develop safe, secure, quality housing while providing housing choices for those who have few,”

Apparently, Ross Management Group, who manages numerous properties in several cities implemented the policy change without notifying the property owners (even though the property owners are backed by the government).

News9 tried to get further details on the gun policy and if it was being implemented at other properties, but a spokesperson for the company hung up on their reporter and slammed a door in his face when he tried to get a comment.

Apparently the owners of the management company donated $9,000 to Democrat politicians since 2006.

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