Gun Ban at University of Missouri May Violate State Constitution
“violates both a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2014″
Another campus carry case goes to court.
The College Fix reports:
University’s gun ban might violate state constitution
A Missouri judge ruled this week that, while the University of Missouri’s gun ban does not conflict with a state law, it nevertheless must be subject to the “strict scrutiny” required by the state’s constitution, reports local news station ABC17.
The case before Judge Jeff Harris concerned a two-pronged challenge to the university’s gun ban brought by both a law professor at the school and the Missouri Attorney General’s office. The plaintiffs argued that the ban “violates both a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2014 that enshrined a right to bear arms into the state constitution and a statute allowing state employees to have guns concealed in their vehicles while parked on state property.”
Judge Harris ruled that the prohibition “does not conflict with state statute, but that claims the rule violates the state constitution deserve further scrutiny.”
From the report:
Harris ruled that the university’s arguments claiming that two 19th century court cases establishing the state’s right to regulate possession of firearms in certain “sensitive” places applied to the case were not convincing.
Harris found that the university’s prohibition is not invalidated by the statute allowing state employees to have concealed guns in vehicles on state property. He cited the “plain language” of the statute, which includes the clause “Notwithstanding any sections of this provision to the contrary.”
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