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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Texas Professors Lose Bid To Stop Campus Carry

It’s back to the books for three professors at the University of Texas in Austin after a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit seeking to overturn campus carry. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote that Mia Carter, Lynn Glass and Lisa Moore presented “no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” and dismissed the case.

The ruling was handed down last week, one year after the lawsuit was initially filed. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was pleased with the verdict. "The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome," Paxton was quoted as saying by The Texas Tribune. "The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside."

Campus carry has been in effect for nearly a year in Texas—it allows for permitted concealed-carry holders aged 21 and older to bring handguns into classrooms and other university facilities. Yet despite the professors’ fears of rampant violence and around-the-clock shootings, there haven’t been any major incidents.