Three UT professors sue to block campus carry law

by Matthew Watkins  |  published on July 8, 2016

Three University of Texas at Austin professors sued their university and the state on Wednesday, claiming Texas’ new campus carry law is forcing the school to impose “overly-solicitous, dangerously-experimental gun policies” that violate the First and Second Amendments.

The professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — are asking a federal judge to grant an injunction that would block the law before it goes into effect on Aug. 1. In the suit, professors say they teach courses that touch emotional issues like gay rights and abortion. The possibility of guns on campus could stifle class discussion, which is a violation of the First Amendment, the suit says.

“Compelling professors at a public university to allow, without any limitation or restriction, students to carry concealed guns in their classrooms chills their First Amendment rights to academic freedom,” the lawsuit says.

The suit also cites the Second Amendment, which is usually cited by gun-rights supporters to bolster ideas like campus carry.

  • BillB

    Of course they would state “…without any limitation or restriction, students to carry concealed handguns in their classrooms…” because they are dumbed down and not qualified to profess anything and especially they fail to recognize that those students have passed the requirements for the License to Carry and are over 21 years old and have every right to protect themselves from being shot in a “gun free zone”! I received my MBA at UT-Austin and am fully supportive of any student meeting the requirements to carry a firearm for protection to any classroom or anywhere else on campus or off campus! It is, after all, a constitutional right and it is a right that the founders intended to be without any limitations!

    Wake up “professors” and read the constitution…the 2nd amendment… shall not be infringed!

  • Detriotcity

    The democrats and the news organizations continue to deprive American citizens their rights under the Constitution of the United States. They have no idea that the vast majority of people going to school are at the mercy of idiots with intent of hurting or killing others. Yet the uninformed want to take away any opportunity for the person minding his/her own business to protect themselves.

    • I Seigel

      What rights under the Constitution are we continually being deprived of? How are news organizations in a position to deprive us of our rights?

  • John Siemens

    Actually, a gun carrying public is a more polite society because we think twice about pissing the other guy off and arguments don’t become heated as easily. Perhaps these idiot professors should think for a change and realize a “polite” discussion leads to better learning.

    • David Tierney

      They simply don’t understand that concealed carry deters crimes. The Professors in our colleges and Universities are helping the liberals destroy this Country.

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      • I Seigel

        If EVERY SINGLE ONE of the people in that protest march in Dallas had been carrying a firearm, how would the result have been different? All the cops there were carrying firearms, I guarantee you. If they had been carrying even more guns, would that have changed the outcome?

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