Armed with Dildos, UT Students Protest Campus Carry
Aug 25 2016
"The court concludes that allowing private universities to prohibit concealed carry by licensed individuals bears a rational relationship to the legitimate governmental interest of respecting the private property rights of private universities", Yeakel said.
But U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected their claim, finding no precedent predicated on the First Amendment grounds.
However, the case is not necessarily dead. Texas, the judge wrote in his 11-page ruling, has a logical interest in allowing citizens to defend themselves by carrying guns on college campuses.
With the state's new campus carry law taking effect this month, the professors kept a promise of litigation and filed suit in federal court in July seeking a federal injunction on campus carry naming Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT President Gregory Fenves and members of the school's Board of Regents in their official capacity, as defendants.
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.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit - Jennifer Lynn Glass, the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts in the Sociology Department and English professors Lisa Moore, and Mia Carter, all of UT Austin - assert that allowing guns in classrooms will violate their First Amendment free-speech and their 14th Amendment equal-protection rights.
Three Texas professors want to ban concealed handguns in class. The UT Police Department is reminding students that they shouldn't actually see any guns on campus since open carry is not permitted, tweeting "if you see a gun, dial 9-1-1".
One of the anti-campus carry students, Marcella Lyles, wrote on Facebook, "What I don't understand is how so many people can be comfortable carrying a gun to class but think it's odd and uncomfortable to take a dildo to class".
The university said the protest appeared to be protected political speech and did not halt the rush for dildos when organizers gave them out for free.
The professors argued the campus carry law infringed upon their First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and due process rights.
The decision is a setback for opponents of the "campus carry" law championed by conservative legislators holding the majority in the Texas Legislature.