New Lawsuit Takes Aim at Texas Campus Carry Law

AUSTIN, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) — Texas’ new law allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms and buildings has barely started and already faces a federal legal challenge seeking to block it before students return for the fall semester.

With AFP Story by Mira OBERMAN: US-vote-2012-politics-economy-Republican,FOCUS The University of Texas at Austin's clock tower is seen on October 4, 2011. Some 40 percent of the jobs created since the recession officially ended in June 2009 were in Texas, but critics note that most of those jobs were low-wage positions because the Lone Star state isn't investing enough money into education and has too few high-skilled workers. (MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The University of Texas at Austin’s clock tower (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Three professors at the University of Texas sued last month to overturn the law. They claimed it is unconstitutional and is forcing colleges to impose “dangerously-experimental gun policies.”

The Austin campus has been a flashpoint of opposition to the law among faculty and students.

The law took effect Monday, exactly 50 years to the day that the infamous UT-Austin tower shooting left 13 people dead.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel had previously scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing for Thursday in Austin.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the lawsuit “frivolous” Tuesday. Gun rights advocates say it’s a key self-defense measure that is protected under the Second Amendment right to bear arms.