An attempt by an Oklahoma property management firm to outlaw gun in a Castle Rock, Colorado apartment complex was quickly overruled by the Douglas County Housing Partnership, which owns the Oakwood Apartments.
Property manager Ross Management Group had circulated a letter to tenants demanding they get rid of all “firearms and weapons” or move out of the complex.
After the policy was publicized in the Denver media, the housing partnership called an emergency meeting and overruled the management firm, stating:
“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 Denver Housing Authority is investigating whether Ross Management had issued similar directives in units it manages for the DHA. As a DHA speaker noted, “It’s unconstitutional to prohibit the legal possession of a gun or a firearm on public housing property.”
Ross Management wasn’t talking, so we can only speculate as to the motivation for the policy that earned it a well-deserved wrist slap. But the fact the slap came fast and hard should serve as a warning to any other company that wants to combine collecting rent with social engineering.