The question of what is reasonable under HOA regulations seems to have been answered, at least in the case of The Douglas County Housing Partnership and their reversal of a policy that was set to be imposed by Ross Management Group.
An emergency meeting of the housing authority was called in the wake of the outcry following a new notice to Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, Colorado which stipulated that owners would no longer be permitted to have guns in their residence as of October 1, 2013. (Source).
The notice enraged tenants like retired Marine, Art Dorch, who originally contacted 9News to report the memo given to his community of seniors. Despite the initial statement by the management group that they would not respond to the press, it appears that The Douglas County Housing Partnership is doing it for them.
The Douglas County Housing partnership owns Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock. It was purchased with federal funds and is supported by local, state, and federal tax dollars. (Source)
The restriction being suggested by the management group is in direct conflict with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the long-standing individual rights of Colorado residents — a matter addressed in the Douglas County Housing Partnership’s statement. Beyond that, no mention of a restriction on gun ownership was ever cited in original lease agreements.
“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,” a Douglas County Housing Partnership release said. “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 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.”
The Partnership should be commended for taking quick action against the attempts by the Ross Management Group to subvert the Constitution and individual liberty.
The Ross Management Group is still refusing to comment to the press, according to 9News, but it looks like a wider investigation by the Denver Housing Authority into additional possible de facto gun bans on other properties could very well draw them out from behind closed doors.