Concealed Carry

Federal Judge Rejects Move To Block Texas Campus Carry Law

Also, demonstrators carried sex toys around UT Austin to protest the law.

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A federal judge denied an injunction Monday that would have temporarily blocked the implementation of Texas' campus carry law.

The move was led by three University of Texas at Austin professors, who argue the law, which allows for the carrying of weapons on campus, infringes on their right to free speech under the First Amendment and violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The professors said guns could suppress class discussion, especially regarding sensitive topics like sexuality.

Judge Lee Yeakel rejected these arguments, saying the professors "failed to establish a substantial likelihood of ultimate success on the merits of their asserted claims." The lawsuit filed by the professors to overturn the law, however, remains active.

The campus carry law permits those who are at least 21 years old to carry a concealed handgun into most campus buildings if they have a license. License holders have been allowed to concealed carry on public university grounds (but not into the buildings) since 1995.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports less than 3 percent of the population in 2014 held a concealed handgun license. Additionally, UT Austin—the flagship school of the University of Texas system—estimates less than 1 percent of its students have a license to carry.

"I am pleased, but not surprised, that the Court denied the request to block Texas' campus carry law," said Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement. "There is simply no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas."

But System Chancellor Bill McRaven has previously said the law could be costly and dangerous for universities.

Meanwhile, when classes at UT Austin began Wednesday, students were greeted by protesters carrying sex toys. Thousands pledged on Facebook to be part of an all-day event called "Cocks Not Glocks." Movement organizers said they distributed more than 5,000 dildos, all of which were donated by sex shops. The organization participated in a similar (but smaller) protest in March during Austin's tech, music, and film confab, South by Southwest.

"The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms," the protesters' website states. "However it does have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence." (Emphasis theirs.)

For more on the protest and Texas' laws regarding obscenity, Elizabeth Nolan Brown has you covered.

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  1. These professors really have a low regard for their students, don’t they? Or they are full of shit. Or projecting massively because they want to kill people who disagree with them.

    infringes on their right to free speech under the First Amendment and violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    That may be the worst, dumbest legal argument I’ve ever heard of.

    1. Your honor! My customers must be disarmed by the law! Otherwise when I declare that to keep them is of no benefit and to destroy them is no loss, they might shoot me!!!!

    2. I just laughed at that argument. With my views and willingness to state them I’d last 5 mins. on a collage campus today.

      1. They have institutions that teach the making of artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole?

        1. http://www.ringling.edu

          Yes they do.

          No, it only sounds like clown college.

    3. Well, surely you don’t doubt there will be an epidemic of students in Austin shooting their teachers for expressing something they disagree with, do you? You racist libertarians, never serious about anything.

      1. Given the tissue-paper emotional resilience of alternately sobbing and screaming social justice activists, it’s not proud gun owners I’m worried about.

    4. I wonder how many times the professor has been punched in the face for his rousing statements? I’m going to guess zero.

      1. *raises fist*

        Even if they did punch him in the face, they’re (I’m assuming) not government employees so requiring them to tie their hands behind their back in order to attend class is effectively silencing their speech as well.

    5. That may be the worst, dumbest legal argument I’ve ever heard of.

      Especially in regards to the students as agents of the University.

      Free speech, civil discourse, and teach your students freely are one thing and, if those things are your aim, freely alienating members of your class to the point they want to shoot someone should be avoided just as much as the gun itself.

      1. I think what the professor is saying is, an armed society is a polite society and he doesn’t want to be polite.

        1. an armed society is a polite society

          I don’t even know if that is (or should be) true. Most people just aren’t raging psychos who would shoot someone for pissing them off.

          Even if a prof wants to tell all their white male students that they are responsible for all the evil in the world, no one’s going to pull a gun.

          1. How dare you disagree!
            *reahes for six gun*

    6. This should be grounds for termination for the professors. This is after all a display of ignorance, failure to master rhetoric and logic, and flat ass stupidity.

      Would YOU want these bozos charged with educating young adults?

    7. I find that most gun-phobes find it easy to imagine themselves pulling a gun during a heated debate.

      Academics in particular can have a real temper.

      I find myself much less interested in having an argument when I am armed.

    8. The US judicial system desperately needs a loser-pays rule for attorney fees.

  2. Mark my words: there will be blood in classrooms and sluicing through the hallways like that scene in The Shining. And it’s going to be on your hands. In the classrooms and on your hands. Mark my words.

    1. Only if the Longhorns have another losing season.

      1. So any of the last 5 years?…

    2. ‘He was unarmed! He should’a armed himself’.

      1. “If he’s gonna decorate his classroom with my friend!”

  3. What a terrible argument.

    1. And the “cocks not Glocks” is just a way for the womynz to entice the men into raping them! That way there are no guys with open carry.
      See? Problem solved!

      (Mostly Sarc, but maybe not unlikely?)

  4. USDA pledges to spend twenty million dollars soaking up eleven million pounds of surplus cheese. The cheese will go to charities and food banks. Oh, and: fuck you, citizens, shut up and eat your expensive cheese.

    1. Look,if the government didn’t buy up or subsidize or limit corn,peanuts,sugar wheat,soybeans and dairy etct. we’d all starve or have too much to eat. You want that?

      1. Based upon the avg size of Americans, I’d say we have too much to eat.
        My proposal is to give the gov’t full control of our food economy in order to address the obesity problem. With them in charge, we wouldn’t have “too much to eat” for very long.

    2. Of course, a portion of this will simply displace the cheese sold at the grocery. The USDA is not so good at the “supply and demand” thing are they?

      After all, they bought the milk to reduce the supply to prop up the price and to keep the price of cheese up. They made the milk into cheese to store it long term. They give the cheese away to get rid of it and thereby increase the supply of cheese pushing the price of cheese down and thereby pushing the price of milk down.

      Of course that will require purchasing more milk to support the price, that will need to be made into cheese, that will …. hheeeyyyy, wait a minute! LOL

      1. Isn’t this a children’s rhyme? A lost verse of ‘The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly While Waiting In Line For Her Social Security Check’?

    3. So, there’s a surplus of cheese and the *solution* is to buy it up, thereby destroying the price signal mechanism in a manner that will produce *the most economic harm*?

  5. I look forward to the first news report where a police officer has shot a student for brandishing a dildo. The local police union will declare it a righteous shoot, because the officer feared being pegged.

    1. I’m waiting for a Title IX suit to hinge on the use of an assault dildo.

      1. assault dildo

        Black? Has the thing that goes up? (CJ: Goes up where?)

        1. I think he’s referring to the high capacity flesh light

          1. Nobody needs more than…um, wait a moment.

  6. Ya hear that? It “could suppress class discussion, especially regarding sensitive topics like sexuality”. Cuz we all know those damn Texas ‘Publican Teabaggers’ll whip out their guns and start huntin’ em some fags right there in the classroom, if only they would identify themselves.

    1. Guns laws are magic. Murder laws are not. Because, reasons.

    2. ‘Talk to the barrel bitch’

    3. I can only assume it’s like $26K/yr. safari in their minds.

  7. “Meanwhile, when classes at UT Austin began Wednesday, students were greeted by protesters carrying sex toys. Thousands pledged on Facebook to be part of an all-day event called “Cocks Not Glocks.” Movement organizers said they distributed more than 5,000 dildos, all of which were donated by sex shops.”

    Excuse me, but aren’t dildos “triggering” for rape survivors? Are the protesters carrying trigger warnings? Shouldn’t someone be filing a Title IX complaint against them?

  8. But System Chancellor Bill McRaven has previously said the law could be costly and dangerous for universities.

    Gun free zones, however, would eliminate that danger. Because nobody’s ever shot up a gun free zone.

  9. “infringes on their right to free speech under the First Amendment”:
    So how about the professors have to get a “speech permit” subject to the same reasonable restrictions on the second amendment found here “The state eligibility requirements can be found in GC ?411.172. The federal firearms disqualifiers can be found in 18 USC 44 ?922.”? my mind exploded after the first few hundred cross-references and internal references, but the highlights are; at least $140 in fees to the state, plus the cost of fingerprinting, plus the costs of a required course, and a 30 day wait before he says another word, and notification of law enforcement of any change in address. and oh, yeah, do it all over again every 5 years. According to MS Word, the part of the law applying to carry permits is 63 pages, with 17,596 words.
    All to exercise a right “guaranteed” by the bill of rights to “not be infringed”
    My personal fantasy is to require a CCP to vote! Then we would see how “reasonable” restrictions actually would work.

    1. Don’t forget that the required course has to take an entire day to keep poor people clinging to minimum wage jobs from taking it.

  10. I saw a pretty cool sticker on the topic. It was a coexist sticker, with the x made of a gun and dildo crossed.

  11. God I hope some group like Students for Liberty has a Cocks AND Glocks rally.

    1. I like the way you think. The answer to the “Cocks” crowd is that of course dildos should be legal.

      1. They are, you just can’t show them around campus. Same as with guns.

  12. If you offer a free dildo to a college girl, she will carry it across campus?

    Given what I have seen them do for free beer, I am not at all surprised.

    1. “Given what I have seen them do for free beer, I am not at all surprised.”
      Details, we want details.

  13. The “Cocks not Glocks” protesters have ignored the fact that what Texas makes illegal is the same for guns and dildos, don’t flash them at college. They think they’re smart but all they’re doing is saying “I don’t like this, therefore dildos”.

  14. A gun _concealed in a dildo_. Just remember, to take it out before using, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good dildo.

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