Federal Judge Sides With Students in Pro-Carry Protest

District Court rules in favor of campus carryAccording to the Star-Telegram, “U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means said in his ruling that Clayton Smith and John Schwertz Jr., who attend TCC Northeast Campus in Hurst, can wear empty gun holsters and hand out fliers in ‘public-forum areas including, but not limited to, public streets, sidewalks, and common or park areas.’ TCC wanted to restrict the protest to a small designated area.”

“But the students cannot wear their holsters in classrooms or hallways. They are protesting for the right of licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.”

“I am pretty excited and happy for all of the students at TCC, whatever their cause is, to speak freely and get their message out,” said Smith, 20, of Euless.

A final hearing on the lawsuit was scheduled for November 16.

“This decision means that at least for next week, students on TCC’s campus will be able to freely exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Lisa Graybill, legal director of the ACLU of Texas, which filed the lawsuit.

Source: http://www.star-telegram.com/crime/story/1743545.html

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