AUSTIN, TEXAS – -(AmmoLand.com)- On August 16, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its decision regarding Glass v. Paxton, affirming the lower court’s dismissal of this civil suit seeking to overturn Texas’ campus carry law.
The appellate court’s decision, like the district court’s, cites a lack of evidence to support the plaintiffs’ claims.
In a statement on Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton remarked, “The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law, not because they had any legal substance to their claim.”
In February 2018, Students for Concealed Carry and the Students for Concealed Carry Foundation filed a joint amicus brief in this case. The brief addresses two of the plaintiffs’ claims, that campus carry forces them to self-censor and that it infringes upon their academic freedom. We at SCC hope the brief was useful in supplementing the court’s understanding of the facts behind campus carry.
SCC Southwest Regional Director Quinn Cox commented, “I am pleased to see this two-year-old law upheld. Once again, opponents of campus carry have failed to provide evidence that campus carry makes college campuses less safe or inhibits the free exchange of ideas. In Texas, vetted, licensed adults have been allowed to take their concealed firearms into places like movie theaters, churches, and public libraries for more than 20 years. It is silly to think that expanding this law to include the buildings of public colleges would somehow violate the U.S. Constitution.”
ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY
Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.