If you’re a left-wing college professor in Texas who doesn’t want firearms in your classroom, you’re out of luck.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning those opposed to the state’s new concealed-carry law to avoid oppressing students’ Second Amendment rights.
Paxton made his remarks as he sought to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by three taxpayer-paid professors who want to put a halt to the concealed carry law that went into effect on Aug. 1. Previous to the new law, Texas banned guns in the classroom. Many school officials and teachers want it to stay the way it was before the new law changed things.
“Faculty members are aware that state law provides that guns can be carried on campus, and that the [school’s] president has not made a rule excluding them from classrooms,” a legal brief filed by the attorney general said, according to Fox News. “As a result, any individual professor who attempts to establish such prohibition is subject to discipline.”
The three professors — Mia Carter, Jennifer Glass and Lisa Moore of the University of Texas — maintain in their lawsuit that allowing a licensed gun owner to observe his Second Amendment rights would somehow violate a professor’s right to free speech.
But Paxton notes the new law is written to allow a school president to decide whether the entire institution is to be a “gun-free zone.” Individual professors do not have the legal power to decide if guns can be banned absent a policy ruling from the school itself.
Some schools in Texas have already rejected the idea of a gun-free zone. As far back as 2014, the Argyle School District in Argyle, Texas, for instance, put in place a policy allowing teachers and school staffers to carry if they have a legal permit.
Other states also have decided to allow teachers to carry firearms in class. Teachers in Utah were even offered free firearms training if they wished to carry at school.
Texas isn’t the only place where permit holders are fighting for their rights. A dad in Michigan recently took a school to court when administrators tried to ban him from picking up his own daughter while legally armed with his handgun. He won his case against the school’s attempt to infringe on his rights.
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