Colorado public housing residents told to disarm or get out

A senior living apartment complex in Castle Rock, Colorado tried to disarm its renters recently, sending them notices telling them to get rid of their guns and other weapons if they wanted to keep living there.

The apartments are public housing, owned by a local housing authority and supported by local, state and federal tax dollars.

But representatives of the authority told Denver’s 9News that the apartment’s management company, Ross Management, sent out the “get rid of your guns” notice without their knowledge or approval.

In the notice, sent Aug. 1, residents were given until Oct. 1 to disarm or find a new home.

Housing authority board members held an emergency meeting at the urging of Douglas County Commissioners and told the station that the restriction has been scuttled.

“These community policy changes were distributed without the knowledge or authorization of the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Housing Partnership or its staff,” the organization said in a press release.

“This board does not support any action that infringes on an individual’s rights and will not allow Ross Management to implement these changes,” the statement said. “The mission of the Douglas County Housing partnership is to preserve and develop safe, secure, quality housing while providing housing choices for those who have few.”

Representatives of Ross Management refused to comment to 9News, even shutting the door in a reporter’s face when he turned up in person at its offices. The company also did not respond to a message left by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

9News was tipped off to the story by a 77-year-old Marine veteran upset at the prospect of being forced to give up a fundamental right that he’d fought for.

“It upset me very much,” Art Dorsch said. “Because I don’t think it’s fair.”

The station also reported that Ross Management’s owner, Debi Ross, and her husband had made $9,000 in political contributions, only to Democrats, since 2006.

The Denver Housing Authority is investigating whether Ross is trying to implement gun bans at other public housing properties it manages in several other Colorado cities.

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