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OSU Concealed Carry Activist Gunned Down

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Tarak Underiner is Featured in January’s Issue of 1870 Magazine , Photo by Collins Laatsch

Update: Underiner’s Death Related to Drugs

Investigators and Columbus Police are concluding that the homicide near OSU appears to be drug related, as some had previously speculated.

Investigators apparently have seized illegal drugs from the home, as well as weapons and cash. Police are also reiterating this has nothing to do with the campus.

Update: Ohio Students for Concealed Carry have released an official statement on Tarak Underiner’s death

“I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last night near The Ohio State University. Tarak Underiner was both a personal friend of mine and a bright young man with a promising future ahead of him. His work as a member of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus to restore the right to self-defense on Ohio’s college campuses put him in an elite class obtained by very few others in our movement.

“At this time, few facts are known and speculation on the circumstances surrounding his death is unwarranted. We are committed to working with law enforcement to the best of our ability in their efforts to solve this case. We also plead with anyone that may have any relevant information to reach out to OSUPD at (614)292-2121 and/or CPD at (614)645-4545.” – Michael Newbern, Ohio Students for Concealed Carry Director and Students for Concealed Carry Board Member


OSU student Tarak Underiner, president and treasurer of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was shot and killed in his University District home early Thursday morning.

Officers responded to the disturbance at 28 E. Northwood Avenue half-past midnight Tuesday after a friend of Underiner called 9-1-1, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Shortly after, Underiner was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of forced entry.

Underiner was a proponent of carrying concealed guns on campus. 1870 Magazine will publish a story in their January issue featuring an interview with Underiner on his passion and activism for Concealed Carry laws.

“We are currently drafting legislation to submit to the committee in order to get a real campus carry bill passed, so that students can truly have their right to self defense restored,” Underiner said. “Our goal is to have it ready for submission in January.”

Just one month ago, he testified at the State House in support of conceal carry guns on campus following the OSU attack earlier last year.

He was shot multiple times. Investigators suspect that this was not random. The two roommates are not considered suspects.

Underiner’s death is the city’s first homicide of the year according to multiple media outlets.

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