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Apartment Tenant Furious He’s Being Forced to Either Get Rid of His Guns or Move Out

Art Dorsch

UPDATED August 8 9:35 a.m.: The county’s housing partnership, which bought the apartment complex with public funds, has elected not to enforce the policy, claiming its board of directors had no knowledge about the new rule.

The right to bear arms is once again being challenged, but this time it comes with a unique twist.

Oakwood Apartments, in Castle Rock, Colorado, has sent a letter to all residents informing them they must dispose of their guns. The letter was sent out August 1 and takes October 1, at which point no one who lives in the complex “cannot display, use, or possess any firearms or weapons of any kind, anywhere on the property.”

Art Dorsch, 77, is a retired Marine who lives at Oakwood. He is furious at the new policy because he’s a licensed hunter and feels having weapons also makes him feel safer in his home.

The apartment’s management company had no comment on the matter, but Dorsch certainly has a lot to say, claiming he’s vulnerable and runs the risk of losing something extremely important:

“My freedom. Yeah it’s emotional. Because I don’t think it’s fair.”

Dorsch says he can’t afford a lawyer and has basically three options: surrender his guns and remain in the apartment, move out on his own accord or be kicked out if he won’t follow the new guidelines.

He says he may have to give his guns to a friend who lives 30 miles away.



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