December 10, 2015
The University of Delaware is receiving backlash after it recently granted a student gun-rights club $500 to purchase ammunition, NBC10 reports.
The Students for the Second Amendment Club, which often holds meetings on gun safety, asked for the funding to buy ammunition to practice at the state gun range in New Castle.
The club persisted after the school initially denied its request for money, founding member Tyler Yzaguirre told NBC10.
The university eventually wrote the group a $500 check. Yzaguirre told NBC10 that group members planned to buy rifle-caliber bullets.
"I believe everyone has the right to the Second Amendment, but I don’t think the school should be funding it, necessarily," student Erin Dowd told NBC10.
The university sent NBC10 the following statement regarding its decision:
The University of Delaware's Allocation Board maintains a procedure for funding its 350-plus registered student organizations. The Students for the Second Amendment group followed the proper procedure; the Allocation Board reviewed the request and determined it met the necessary criteria for funding.
The University prohibits the possession, storage, or use of firearms or ammunition on University property. The ammunition purchased by the students will not be stored on campus.
The club also stressed that the guns and ammunition would not be on the school's property.
"I just want to make things clear that the club strictly follows law and University rules," Matt Tuszynski, a public relations officer for UD Students for the Second Amendment, wrote in a post on the group's Facebook page. "We do not keep/store firearms or ammunition on campus."
Read more from NBC10 here.