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An Empty Holster, and Stomach, As Va. Tech Gun Rights Advocate Goes on Hunger Strike

When Ryan James Martin walks around the Virginia Tech campus, he wears an empty handgun holster at his side as a silent reminder to his fellow students that he is not allowed to bear arms there.

Martin, a 22 year-old senior, is an advocate for the Constitution’s second amendment and a vocal critic of the university’s prohibition on carrying firearms around school buildings, dorms and classrooms in Blacksburg, Va. Martin believes the school’s policy is an infringement of his rights and prevents him from being prepared to keep himself and other students safe from harm should an active shooter storm the campus.