Alabama Student Cited for Wearing Empty Holster

If you’re a concealed carrier and go to the University of South Alabama, make sure you don’t wear you’re empty holster on your belt after you secure your firearm per school policy, because you will be written up for violating the campus weapons policy.

D.J. Parten, a junior from Mobile, Alabama said he was stopped this week, detained for more than 30 minutes and was issued a citation that required him to meet with the Dean of Students, according to this story from Fox News.

Parten recorded his interaction with police, as you can see below, after someone called and reported Parten for having an unconcealed firearm in violation of campus policy. On the recording, Paten can be heard saying his actions are in protest of the school's gun policy.

The story says officials ultimately dismissed the citation after taking a closer look at the case, the story says.

"USAPD officers arrived at the location and following an on-site interview with a students wearing and empty gun holster, issued a campus judicial citation to the student," said South Alabama spokesman Bob Lowry said in the story. "Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the citation should not have been issued and it has been rescinded."

Parten said he is the president of the USA chapter of Students for Concealed Carry.

Alabama is a shall-issue state for concealed carry permits. Open carry is generally permitted, but handguns must be secured in a holster. Open carry inside a vehicle without a concealed cary license is currently prohibited, but legislation is in the works to change that, as we've reported.