“asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive their challenge”
The battle over guns on campus continues. Some people just refuse to accept it.
CBS News reports:
Appeals court hears UT professors’ challenge to Texas campus carry law
Attorneys for three University of Texas professors asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive their challenge of a law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses. Two of the professors, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter, were on the front row as a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard the arguments.
Last year, a federal judge in Texas dismissed the suit. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said Moore, Carter and Jennifer Glass offered “no concrete evidence” to substantiate concerns that having armed students in their classroom would have a “chilling effect” on the free exchange of ideas.
Yeakel said that, because they failed to clearly show they were harmed by the law, they had no legal standing to pursue the suit.
Jason LaFond, arguing for the Texas Solicitor General’s Office, said Yeakel’s ruling should stand. He argued that the subjective fear of a student bringing a gun to the classroom doesn’t give them standing to challenge the law, he said.
“Lots of people fear flying,” LaFond told the panel. “That doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to think that a plane is going to crash.”
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