Whistle-Blowing Retired Marine Puts Halt To Landlord’s Bid For Gun-Free Apartments

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A television news report that residents of a Colorado public housing apartment complex wouldn’t be permitted to keep weapons in their own homes has engendered sufficient concern among the community’s housing board to compel the apartment management group responsible for the would-be ban to change their minds — or else.

A 77-year-old retired Marine living at the Oakwood Apartment complex in Castle Rock, Colo., contacted NBC 9News in Denver about the letter he and other residents had received notifying them of the forthcoming “gun-free” mandate, issued by property management company Ross Management Group. The ban on all firearms for current and future residents was to take effect Oct. 1.

But once officials on the board of the Douglas County Housing partnership — a Federally and locally funded public housing authority — saw the news station’s original report Wednesday, they grew alarmed and moved swiftly to contact the Ross Group.

In the hours between the evening and late news broadcasts Wednesday, the policy had been overruled. The county commission had learned of the ban and called on the housing authority to hold an emergency meeting. The Douglas County Housing Partnership did just that late Wednesday afternoon, deciding without hesitation to overrule the Ross Group.

Douglas County Director of Public Affairs Wendy Holmes told 9News that county commissioners were relieved that the housing board averted possible legal action by quickly striking down the ban.

“The Board of Douglas County Commissioners is pleased that the Housing Authority concurred with the Commissioner’s position that the policy changes from Ross Management should not move forward. We thank them for a quick and proper conclusion,” Holmes said.

Art Dorsch, the 77-year-old veteran who blew the whistle, thought he’d be forced to move out when he discovered the notice.

“They want to take them all away from me,” Dorsch said. “They say I can’t live here. I’m vulnerable. I’m not safe… Yeah, it’s emotional, because I don’t think it’s fair.”

By the day’s end, Dorsch knew he wouldn’t be forced to move. And he may even have had an inkling that he’d become a hero for neighbors, 2nd Amendment advocates nationwide and a grateful county government that didn’t need a potential lawsuit over how it was unwittingly using Section 8 funds to create a Constitution-free zone.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • independent thinker

    A couple of thoughts. Hope the idiots in the state capitol do not decide to override the county housing authority. Also the firearms owning residents of that public housing apartment complex better be careful not to break any other “rules” of the housing authority or they will be thrown out anyway.

  • Richard Gibbard

    This management company’s officials need to be beaten like baby seals for even making such a proposal.

    • Robbie

      Beaten? why such a half measure? Why not blow them away with the very gun in question. You could always claim you were just standing your ground!

      • SillyCynic

        Because…uhm…most people don’t go to severe extremes…like you’re failing at.

        You’re the people the Brady Bill was made for, not the 99.9%+ of us legal gun owners that have never, and will never commit a crime.

        Your own agenda shows your idiocy. “You could always claim you were just standing your ground”…nice jab at the Trayvon Martin thing, though that actually was self defense (in the context used of someone getting their head slammed against concrete while screaming for help….). Also, even if someone were to stalk you, you’re not legally allowed to jump them, and beat them…you’re allowed to defend yourself from serious bodily injury or death with deadly force, not lure and attack someone.

        The ‘beaten like a baby seal’ statement, isn’t about killing him for not following the law…it’s a figurative statement about ‘beating’ his fascism into normalcy.

        Please don’t procreate.

        PS: The stand your ground law, which you obviously despise, and try to poke fun at, makes it so you can defend yourself in your own home when someone comes into your house. And if they decide they’re going to be raping you tonight? Well, call the cops and enjoy, because if you touch them…never mind…you’re too narrow minded to understand what you hate. Just go with Al Sharpton on this one. He’s a better thinker than you are.

        • Robbie

          Martin was simply standing his ground after being stalked in the dark by an older guy carrying a weapon.

      • Alan

        Keep the left-wing nonsense on your side of the border Robbie. We all know where your type stands involving anything to do with guns.

        • Robbie

          Our so-called “left wing nonsense” equates into the fact that we simply don’t have all the mass murder sprees in elementary schools, college campuses, shopping malls, movie theatres etc. But seeing as you don’t mind that sort of nonsense on YOUR side of the border then knock yourselves out (or blow each other away as the case may be)!

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    Who ever was stepping on his rights to own a gun should be fired immediately!! And sue the pants off of them! This is unacceptable!

  • FreedomFighter

    I would like to say: Well done sir and Semper FI!
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Dave

    Want to bet his lease doesn’t get renewed for “technical reasons”?

    • MeanieHead

      Then he would have an even stronger case to sue them.

  • dan

    ….can’t you just see them restricting ammunition now…
    well, one battle at a time ,Marine .

    • Vis Fac

      They (liberal morons) want to classify ammunition as a class C explosive These Morons think that banning ammunition containing gunpowder (explosive) will keep people from buying ammunition thus rendering firearms useless. I have been hand loading my own for 35+years and those who are the least bit industrious can as well.
      People with a moderate amount of chemistry instruction can make explosives with materials readily available.
      What separates us from the those who would cause harm is not the banishment but the mindset to use these items.The same holds true regarding firearms.
      Semper-Fi

      • dan

        roger that…they haven’t quite grasped who they’re messing with…
        improvise ,adapt and overcome !

        • Vis Fac

          I think they know that is why all the to-do they are afraid very afraid. otherwise they’d just STFU and do what liberals always do hope problems just go away.
          Semper-Fi

  • Sharpshooter

    What is so distressing to me is the fact that myself and a myriad of others served this country to enable us to live in a free society. I wonder where all of these “gun-grabbing” activists were when the SHTF?

  • Michael Bass

    Being a Vet myself its sad to see this happening in a country I fought to defend.