First Amendment & Free Speech; Guns on Campus; Campus Police, Safety & Crisis Management; Constitutional Issues
Glass v. Paxton (W.D. Tex. July 6, 2017)
Opinion and Order dismissing Plaintiffs’ claims. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a Campus Carry Law allowing concealed carry of handguns on college and university campuses. Three Professors at the University of Texas at Austin filed suit claiming that the Campus Carry Law and the University’s policy promulgated under the law would unleash a chilling effect on classroom speech. Calling the effects of the law and policy a “self-imposed censoring of classroom discussions” caused by Plaintiffs’ “mere conjecture about possible” violence by individuals not named in the suit, the court determined that Plaintiffs had not demonstrated the requisite injury-in-fact to establish standing and failed to allege that the injury was traceable to Defendants’ conduct.