From the well-guarded and gun-free zone of the U.S. Supreme Court, a five-member majority ruled Monday that a Chicago handgun ban is unconstitutional. The decision immediately had university attorneys wondering about legal challenges to campus gun prohibitions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The good news is that legal experts believe the gun bans are safe.
At the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine pointed out that the majority opinion made clear that an individual's right to bear arms does not undermine state and local government bans in public spaces, such as schools and colleges, according to the Chronicle.
But UC-Irvine's Erwin Chemerinsky also said the decision opens campus gun restrictions to federal court challenge. Another panelist noted that distinctions could be made between self-contained institutions and those in urban settings.
Indiana's public universities prohibit possession of weapons on campus, regardless of whether an individual has a license to carry. The state's new bring-your-guns-to-work law specifically excludes schools and universities.