Texas Courts Side With Open Carry Laws, Tell Protesters Tough Luck
The power of the courts is once again being proven, this time in the state of Texas. Liberal professors put forward a court case that demanded that open-carry laws be rescinded for college classrooms. Thankfully, the law has been pretty explicit on this one.
Speaking in a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Earl Leroy Yeakel III pointed to First Amendment rights as superseding most rights--but he also pointed out that carrying a gun has no bearing on those First Amendment rights.
"Their First Amendment claim is and must be bottomed on their right to speak and teach freely. Neither the Campus Carry Law nor the Campus Carry Policy forbids them from doing so."
Yeakel is referring to the law that begins this month in the state of Texas that gives students who possess open-carry permits the right to bring those guns into college classroom settings. Liberal professors are, of course, irate.
Specifically, professors pointed to hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex marriage that often come up in college classrooms. With tempers hot, the professors argue, guns shouldn't be in the room.
Unfortunately, Judge Yeakel didn't believe that argument held any water at all.
"This is fatal to their attempt at this stage in the proceedings to establish a substantial likelihood that their case will succeed on the merits," Yeakel stated. In other words, they don't have a chance.
The professor's legal counsel voiced disapproval in the injunction, but didn't have much more to say.
"We’ll just have to pull together more facts for trial and hope things go smoothly on campus in the meantime," Renea Hicks, the legal counsel for the professors, stated.
It's about time that a judge ruled according to the Constitution and not just the voice of the loud progressives. This is just one more example of how important it is to maintain even, unbiased judges in America's courts.
Photo: Texas Tribune