Update: Colorado apartment complex reverses ban on guns
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.
“It upsets me very much,” he told the station. “They want to take them all away from me. They say I can’t live here.”
One legal analyst said courts tend to fall on the side of favoring landlords’ rights to impose “reasonable regulations” on renters. But the question is, he said, “Is an outright ban of firearms reasonable in light of the U.S. Constitution?”