Three University of Texas at Austin professors sued their university and the state on Wednesday, July 6, claiming Texas' new campus carry law is forcing the school to impose "overly-solicitous, dangerously-experimental gun policies" that violate the First and Second Amendments, according to an article by Matthew Watkins, in The Texas Tribune.
The article says the suit in federal court has a low probability of success.
The professors are asking for an injunction that would block the law before it goes into effect on Aug. 1. (It takes effect a year later for community colleges.) In the suit, the professors say they teach courses that touch emotional issues like gay rights and abortion. The possibility of guns on campus could stifle class discussion, which is a violation of the First Amendment, the suit says.
Here is the professors' take on the Second Amendment—normally cited to support gun rights:
"The Second Amendment is not a one-way street," the suit says. "It starts with the proposition that a 'well-regulated militia,' (emphasis added), is necessary to the security of a free state. The Supreme Court has explained that 'well-regulated' means 'imposition of proper discipline and training.'"
The suit adds: "If the state is to force them to admit guns into their classrooms, then the officials responsible for the compulsory policy must establish that there is a substantial reason for the policy and that their regulation of the concealed carrying of handguns on college campuses is 'well-regulated.' Current facts indicate that they cannot do so."
Please read the entire piece for additional arguments, and a response from supporters of campus carry.