Three professors sue UT to keep guns out of their classrooms

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three University of Texas at Austin professors are suing the university, its president and the office of the attorney general in an attempt to keep concealed guns out of their classrooms.

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Glass, Dr. Lisa Moore and Dr. Mia Carter are seeking “the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again on August 24, 2016,” the lawsuit states.

UT President Greg Fenves and Attorney General Ken Paxton are named in the suit in an official capacity only.

Referring to Campus Carry legislation as “overly solicitous” and “dangerously-experimental,” the professors point to more than 20 shootings on college campuses nationwide in 2015. They also cite the UT Tower shooting, fifty years ago, as a reason to ban guns from campus.

A spokesperson for the university says they are reviewing the lawsuit and will have no further comment Wednesday.

Glass is the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts at UT, Moore will be the Archibald T. Hill Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and Carter is a Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor.

Gov. Abbott signed campus carry and open carry into law on June 13, 2015. The bill allowed college presidents to designate “gun-free zones” on campus. In order to obtain a concealed-carry license, though, Texans must be 21 — meaning many college students won’t qualify.

Campus Carry goes into effect at all public universities in Texas on August 1. 

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