protesters gather on the West Mall of the University of Texas campus, in Austin, to oppose a new state law that expands the rights of concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on public college campuses

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Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Texas Campus Carry Law

July 12, 2018 - 6:14 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The lawsuit challenging the state Campus Carry law was filed by three University of Texas professors. The law allows those with Concealed Handgun Licenses to carry in public college and university classrooms and other buildings on campus.

The attorney for the three made their case Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court in New Orelans. The professors believe guns in their classrooms are a violation of their first, second and fourteenth Amendment rights.

Lisa Moore is one of the professors. She teaches gay and lesbian studies at the University of Texas. She also founded the Gun-Free UT movement. “The vast majority of people involved with the University of Texas know that it’s dangerous to have more guns on the UT campus and that guns don’t belong in the university classroom.”

The original suit filed by the professors was thrown out of district court in 2017. US District Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed it saying the Plaintiffs presented no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears guns would stifle class discussion.

The trio now hopes the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns that decision.

Governor Abbott signed the bill into law in 2015. The law went into effect in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower massacre.