NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by three University of Texas professors challenging a law allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on university campuses (all times local):
Lawyers for three University of Texas professors have asked a federal appeals court to revive their lawsuit challenging a law allowing concealed handguns on university campuses.
Two of the professors were in the New Orleans courtroom Wednesday as attorney Renea (reh-NAY’) Hicks argued that there is a very real fear the free exchange of ideas in the classroom would be endangered if instructors and others worry that some students are armed.
Jason LaFond of the Texas Solicitor General’s office said a lower court’s dismissing of the suit should stand. He said the professors don’t have standing to sue based on their subjective fear that a third party might pose a danger.
Three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges heard the arguments. It is unclear when they will rule.
Three University of Texas professors are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to revive their lawsuit challenging a law allowing concealed handguns on campus.
The law requires public universities to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on campus. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments Wednesday.
According to court filings, the professors believe the presence of guns in their classrooms could discourage open academic discussion.
Last year, a federal judge in Texas dismissed the suit. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said they offered “no concrete evidence” to substantiate such concerns.