University Of Texas Professors Sue Their University And State In A Bid To Curb Campus Carry Law!By Vinay Patel, UniversityHerald Reporter
In a bid to curb a campus carry law from going into effect August 1, three professors at the University of Texas at Austin sued the state and school this week.
The law does not restrict concealed handgun license holders - who must be at least 21 years old - from carrying handguns on campus, including in classrooms, dorms and campus buildings.
The professors claim the campus carry law is compelling the school to enforce "overly-solicitous, dangerously-experimental gun policies" that breach the First and Second Amendments, Texas Tribune reported.
The professors indicated in their lawsuit that they teach courses that encompass social problems including gay rights and abortion. Those discussions, according to them, could be suppressed with the prospect of guns on campus.
The professors clarify in the lawsuit stating that the Second Amendment is not at all a one-way street. It starts with the suggestion that a 'well-regulated militia' is imperative to the safety of a free state.
If the state compels them to allow guns into their classrooms, then the officials answerable for the binding policy must confirm that there is a strong reason for the policy and that their law of the concealed carrying of handguns on college campuses is well-monitored. Current facts hint they cannot to do so.
However, this is not the first time someone has thrown down the gauntlet to Texas law. Professors and education administrators have not ceased their efforts to push back the law by calling for a limited practice of it, US News reported.
According to legal expert, there are extremely thin chances of the lawsuit keeping a lid on the law, particularly taking into consideration that eight states already have laws on the books permitting the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, including Wisconsin, Utah, Oregon, Mississippi, Kansas, Idaho and Colorado.
In 23 states the decision to restrict or permit concealed carry weapons on campuses is made by each university or college separately.
The three UT professors filed the lawsuit Wednesday, July 6 during a week of ongoing racial tensity that encompass two different episodes of white police officers shooting and killing black men caught on video - one incident in Baton Rouge and the other in Minneapolis.