“The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law”
A small group of professors in Texas has been fighting campus carry for months now with little success.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
Campus carry could be headed to Supreme Court after UT professors lose appeal
A federal appeals court has ruled against three professors who sued to overturn the Texas law allowing guns on campus.
On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Attorney General Ken Paxton and the University of Texas at Austin when it determined the professors had no standing to block the law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry concealed pistols on public college campuses.
“The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law, not because they had any legal substance to their claim,” Paxton said in a prepared statement. “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and the 5th Circuit’s decision prevents that right from being stripped away by three individuals who oppose the law enacted by the Legislature.”
The professors now have the option to ask the full appeals court, rather than the three-judge panel that ruled Thursday, to rehear their case, or they can take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their attorney Renea Hicks said he hasn’t talked with his clients about the Supreme Court option but doesn’t expect they’ll ask the New Orleans-based appeals court to rehear their case.
“I’m doubtful that there’ll be a request for en banc review,” Hicks said in an email Friday. “As to asking for [Supreme Court] review, that’s something we’ll just have to discuss amongst ourselves when we all can coordinate schedules and sit down and meet.”
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