When the University of Delaware's Students for the Second Amendment Club decided that they needed more bullets, school administrators saw no problem giving the organization the money to pay for the purchase.
Like all student organizations, the pro-gun student club is allowed to submit requests for access to up to $800 worth of university funds for group activities. Usually, when you think of the sort of things a student organization might need money for, pizza, party, and promotional materials come to mind.
According to Tyler Yzaguirre, president of the Second Amendment Club, his group's request is no different.
"Within our club's constitution, it says to teach students responsible firearm ownership and we have to do this by learning how to load, shoot, and aim a firearm," Yzaguirre told Delaware Online. "One of the components of that is buying ammunition."
At first, when Yzaguirre and his fellow club members put in the necessary paperwork for the money, the university was hesitant to approve it. After citing the school's official rules and further pushing for the request, the university acquiesced and handed over a check for $500.
"The University of Delaware's Allocation Board maintains a procedure for funding its 350-plus registered student organizations," university spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said in a statement. "The Students for the Second Amendment group followed the proper procedure; the Allocation Board reviewed the request and determined it met the necessary criteria for funding."
Yzaguirre said he plans to use the money to buy 9mm 223s, bullets that can be used with AR-15 rifles.
In addition to making outings to a local gun range, the club also regularly brings in guest speakers to discuss gun safety and responsibility. In September, the group invited Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich to give a speech. In the past, Pavlich previously referred to the #BlackLivesMatter movement as “a violent hate group" and her presence on campus prompted BLM-affiliated students to protest in response.
While the university agreed to give the money to buy bullets, bullets are not allowed to be stored on campus due to being classified as a hazardous material. Similarly, firearms are also not allowed to be stored in student dorms.
By all accounts, the group is, in fact, advocating for and exercising their Second Amendment rights, but Yzaguirre said the group is committed to encouraging the university to let students with permits carry loaded weapons on campus.
"Why should students need to keep their ammunition somewhere else when they want to go to the firing range?" he said. "People don't understand: ammunition is useless without a firearm and some nut isn't going to come on campus looking in college dorms for ammunition."