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Kent State increasing security this weekend in response to open carry walk

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 17:57:04-04

Kent State University announced they will have increased security on campus Saturday due to the "Open Carry Walk" hosted by a Kent State University graduate who tweeted a viral picture of herself carrying a rifle at graduation.

The University said they will have increased security throughout the campus and will close the library, student center and bookstore as a precaution. Residence halls on campus will enforce guests and escort policies to ensure safety.

Some roads on campus may be closed during the event on Saturday.

Ohio law permits citizens to openly carry firearms on public property, including Kent State University, but Kent State policy prohibits faculty, staff and students from possessing firearms on university property, and firearms are prohibited inside all university buildings, the school posted in a statement.

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Kaitlin Bennett, who made national headlines with a tweet showing her carrying an AR-10 with a mortarboard that read "Come and take it," tweeted she was not surprised by Kent State University attacking gun owners by saying the open carry walk challenges the values of diversity and inclusion.

“We will prove to everyone Saturday that the school is wrong and encourage dialogue with our diverse crowd of students and gun owners participating in the walk,” Bennett tweeted.

The university said they are expecting a counter protest to the event.

According to social media, the event will take place between 12 and 5 p.m.