Federal judge dismisses UT professors’ attempt to overturn campus carry law – Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN – A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a band of University of Texas professors who’d argued the state’s new campus carry law “chills” their First Amendment right to free speech. The professors and their lawyers are all but promising to appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying they are “a bit confused” by the judge’s decision and are weighing their next move. Hopefully, there will be additional legal attempts to stop the normalization of lethal weapons in our shared public spaces, said Mia Carter, a plaintiff and associate professor in UT’s English Department. The instructors, who teach liberal arts, English and feminist and LGBT literature, filed the suit in July 2016, less than a month before the state’s campus carry law went into effect in August. […] some UT graduate students have moved their office hours into local bars because guns are not allowed in establishments that serve mostly alcohol. The campus carry law went into effect on the 50th anniversary of a murderous rampage at the school in which Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old former Marine sniper, shot 16 people and wounded 32 others from a tower at the school.

Source: Federal judge dismisses UT professors’ attempt to overturn campus carry law – Houston Chronicle

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