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UT campus gun carry law injunction denied

Federal judge rules against professors seeking to keep guns out of classrooms

Two days before the start of the University of Texas’ fall semester, a federal judge has denied a suit seeking to block the state law that allows campus gun carry—and prohibits any exception for the university—The Texas Tribune reported Monday.

According to the Tribune, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that professors Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore, and Mia Carter failed to establish their likelihood for success in their lawsuit, filed against the university and the attorney general’s office, seeking a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the law.

The professors’ lawsuit argued that the law could inhibit classroom discussion on controversial issues and thereby infringe on students’ First Amendment rights, reported the Tribune, adding that earlier this month, lawyers for the state, joined by the university, asked that the suit be thrown out after a preliminary hearing in federal court.

The Tribune reported that the law would remain in effect and that the plaintiffs will continue to pursue their case through the legal system.

Judge Denies UT-Austin Professors' Attempt to Block Campus Carry [The Texas Tribune]