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UO student group protesting campus firearms policy with poker tournament

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Some University of Oregon students are pushing for a change to the school's firearms policy, and their protest involves a poker tournament.

The UO forbids firearms on campus, openly carried or concealed.

A student group is protesting that policy by holding a poker night and giving away guns to the winners. 

The flyer promoting the tournament announces a night of Texas Hold'em, with depictions of firearms on the bottom listed as prizes.

"They're disarming students while letting anyone else to walk on campus with a gun," said Brandon Clements.

Citing University policy as a violation of the second amendment, Clements and several other members of Young Americans for Liberty are firing back.

"Primarily, we believe the campus would be a safer place if students were allowed to effectively and safely carry on campus. I'm not looking for everybody to have a gun," said Clements.

There are three guns as the top prizes at the poker night. The group advised the guns will never be on campus and anyone who wins them will need to go to the federally licensed dealers who donated the guns for the event. They would also have to go through a background check and mandatory waiting period.

Given the recent tragedy at UCC, some students feel a campus is no place for a gun.

"160 plus college campus shootings since 2013 and counting, you shouldn't be giving a gun away on campus. That makes it look like we're open to having guns on campus," said a UO student.

University of Oregon police said as long as the firearms are off campus the event does not violate any policy.

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