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Langston University's firearms ban halts hunting at lake

BY TIM HENLEY Modified: January 13, 2010 at 4:36 am •  Published: January 13, 2010
LANGSTON — Bobby Moore was disappointed after learning he can no longer participate in duck hunting at Langston Lake — a favorite hobby for the Oklahoma City resident.

"I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind it, but I don’t like it one bit,” Moore said.

Langston University officials initiated a ban that prohibits duck hunting at the lake. The ban takes effect immediately.

The decision was made to comply with the university’s effort to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for firearms, drugs and alcohol, according to a university statement.

A near-drowning and confrontations among hunters also were factors considered by university officials when they implemented the ban, according to the statement.

The 50-acre lake is owned by the university.

In the wake of campus shootings in 2009, university officials implemented new security measures and a zero-tolerance policy in August.