Photos show Bennett, wearing a short, white dress with the rifle strapped over her back.
On her website, Liberty Hangout, which posts inflammatory messages and fake news posts on Facebook, Bennett espoused her pro-Second Amendment views and belief that students should be able to carry weapons on campus.
"Kent State University was recently ranked the safest big college campus in OH and 25th safest in the country, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security".
Two days later, Bennett followed up on the post by tweeting, "I have no apologies for my graduation photos". "I discover it insulting that the varsity values the lives of their company greater than these attending the college for 4 years". Kent State University's policy prevents students, staff, and faculty from carrying a firearm inside buildings an on the campus grounds.More news: Michigan State settles with Larry Nassar victims for $500 million
The college has a rule towards college students, school, and employees carrying "lethal weapons".
Eric Mansfield, university spokesperson, told WJW that once Bennett graduated she was "no longer restricted under the policy as a student".
"After commencement, she joined the ranks of our proud graduates", Mansfield mentioned.
Mansfield famous that KSU has a full-time, licensed police pressure of greater than 30 sworn officers who shield the campus and the college was lately ranked the most secure large school campus in OH and the 25th most secure within the nation, in accordance with Nationwide Council for House Security and Safety. "So at the time of this photo, she and other graduates would be permitted to open carry on our campus". She took major backlash online, including death threats from people who thought the picture was in incredibly poor taste.More news: 'Lando' Movie in the Works, Says Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy
"As a woman, I refuse to be a victim and the Second Amendment ensures that I don't have to be", she tweeted.
In another tweet, she railed against critics who referred to her AR-10 as an "assault rifle".
"Don't walk about gun control when you can't even get your facts straight", she wrote.More news: Neymar Admits He's 'Afraid' Ahead of Return from Injury, World Cup