A college student who advocated for students to be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus for self-defense was recently shot and killed in his home.
20-year-old Tarak Andrew Underiner, a senior at Ohio State University, was shot to death in his Columbus, Ohio home early Friday morning, becoming the city’s first homicide victim of 2017. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Underiner had been shot “several times,” and was pronounced dead at 12:41 AM, shortly after his roommate called 911.
“My friend has been shot. In my residence, in his room. I’m freaking out,” the roommate said on the call, according to the Dispatch.
In addition to his studies in marketing and Spanish, Underiner was known for his pro-concealed carry adovcacy, and was a member of Ohio State’s Students for Concealed Carry chapter. In late November, Underiner testified at the Ohio state capitol in favor of House Bill 48, which eased restrictions on where concealed carry permit holders could have firearms — including college campuses. While House Bill 48 itself wasn’t signed into law, Ohio Governor John Kasich did sign similar legislation into law, which included the same language easing restrictions on “gun-free zones.”
“College campuses and the areas surrounding them present environments rich with potential victims,” Underiner said in a Senate committee hearing. “They’re willing to gamble. We’re unarmed and it pays off.”
At the time of his death, Underiner had firearms in his home. He was months away from obtaining a concealed carry permit, as Ohio law restricts permits to residents who are 21 years old and up. The firearms Underiner kept in his home were legal, however, as state law allows residents to keep a gun in their residence without a permit.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tarak Underiner during this extremely difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences,” read a public statement issued by Ohio State University.
614 Now reported on Friday that Underiner’s slaying appears to have been drug-related.
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.