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Judge denies motion by academia to ban guns on campuses



by Joseph Earnest  August 23, 2016   


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—A district judge has rejected a motion by a group of University of Texas professors to block a law that allows students to carry guns in their classrooms.

Under the new law, which was introduced earlier this month, allowed handgun license holders aged 21 and older bring their concealed handguns into classrooms and other facilities on the roughly 50,000-student campus.

The professors tried to ban the so-called “campus carry” law on the grounds that it harms academic freedom.

The professors also argued that young people who are experiencing the college life should not be given access to guns as it would be a recipe for disaster.

District Judge Lee Yeakel, however, denied them the motion, saying the academics "have failed to establish a substantial likelihood of ultimate success on the merits of their asserted claims.”

"It appears to the court that neither the Texas Legislature nor the (university's) Board of Regents has overstepped its legitimate power to determine where a licensed individual may carry a concealed handgun in an academic setting," Yeakel noted. Supporters of the law argue that it could prevent mass shootings on the campus. This is while, higher education officials have voiced concern that it will discourage students from attending universities across Texas.

“There is simply no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas,” Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is a Republican, said in a statement.

The professors also feared that the presence of armed students would force them alter their classroom presentations on controversial issues such as reproductive rights to prevent possible violence.     Add Comments>>

Source: Press TV













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