NH university warns of gun-toting protesters

December 8, 2011 - 9:20 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The president of New Hampshire's Plymouth State University has told students they don't have to come to class Friday because activists may appear on campus with loaded guns to protest the school's ban on weapons on campus.

Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen told students in an email they would not be penalized for failing to go to class if they fear for their safety. She said a court order obtained by the university Thursday might not prevent two activists who plan to protest on campus from showing up. She said the two also have sympathizers who could turn out with weapons.

University officials say the two men claim the ban is unconstitutional and plan to distribute information on campus, while carrying weapons. Steen says the ban will be enforced.