Appeals court to weigh UT professors’ move to ban guns from classrooms

Appeals court to weigh UT professors’ move to ban guns from classrooms

0 University of Texas faculty member Jennifer Lynn Glass, one of three UT professors who have challenged the state law that permits handgun license holders to carry their guns in campus buildings, enters the federal courthouse in Austin on Aug. 4, 2016. On Wednesday, federal appeals judges in New Orleans will hear arguments regarding the case. Lawyers for three University of Texas professors who want to prohibit concealed handguns in their classrooms will try to revive their lawsuit seeking that result during oral arguments Wednesday before federal appeals judges in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin denied a request in August 2016 for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter to declare their classrooms gun-free zones. Yeakel said he found no precedent for the professors’ argument that they have a right of academic freedom under the First Amendment so broad that it overrides decisions of the Legislature and the university that employs them. In July 2017, he dismissed the case, ruling that the plaintiffs lack standing to assert their constitutional claims. The three women appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the lower court failed to consider claims that their rights under the Second Amendment and the Constitution’s equal protection clause have been impinged. They want the appeals court to rule that they have standing to present those claims and to send the case back to the district court for further proceedings. Court papers […]

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