Edit: This is link from same source but is somehow different: http://m.dailyreportonline.com/#/ar...arry-Law?_almReferrer=https://www.google.com/A half-dozen professors from three Georgia universities have sued Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Chris Carr over claims Georgia's campus carry bill violates the state's constitution.
The hotly debated legislation allowing licensed gun owners to carry firearms nearly anywhere on state college and university campuses, which was passed and signed into law earlier this year, allegedly violates the constitutional mandate that the state Board of Regents retains sole authority over the "government, control, and management of the University System of Georgia."
The campus-carry bill in conjunction with the "right to carry law" allowing guns to be carried anywhere in the state not specifically prohibited, and the "preemption provision," which bars any city, county or the political subdivision from regulating guns, work to "usurp the Board of Regents' constitutionally conferred, exclusive authority" to control Georgia campuses.
The complaint names Deal and Carr in their individual capacities and was filed on behalf of tenured professors from the University of Georgia, Valdosta State University and Georgia Southwestern University. The filing attorneys, Jones Day partner Peter Canfield and associates Jennifer Bunting-Graden, Brian Lea and Charlotte Taylor, were not immediately available for comment.
University of Georgia geography professor John Knox, who is described in the complaint as a gun owner, said guns on campus "make the learning environment less safe for everyone and negatively impact his educational mission." Valdosta State professor Michael Noll fears "armed intimidation or gun violence from students who receive failing grades." Noll has posted a "no weapons" sign on his faculty office door, according to the complaint. Aristotelis Santas, a Valdosta State professor, said he "will no longer promote discussion of hot-button issues in his classroom" and allows students to leave his class if they don't feel safe.
A First Amendment lawyer by reputation, Peter has had involvement with Second Amendment issues beginning with his representation of the Mayor of New York City in a defamation lawsuit brought by a Georgia gun dealer. He has since represented the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Everytown For Gun Safety in Second Amendment litigation in Georgia and elsewhere in the country, including Colorado, Florida, and Washington State.
The constitution gives the board of regents power over the university system. This came up during the very first attempt at campus carry. The BoR attorneys quickly came to the conclusion that the General Assembly still had power over the criminal law on campus, including criminal laws relating to the carry of weapons.Decriminalizing the places you can carry a firearm violates the constitution??
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_.../georgia_s_campus_carry_bill_is_terrible.htmlHere in Georgia, we have an additional reason to be wary about political interference with university autonomy: our own troubling history. In 1941, Georgia's then-Gov. Eugene Talmadge spearheaded a direct assault on the state's institutes of higher education by declaring that he would fire any university employees who stood for "communism or racial equality." Talmadge's first target was a man named Walter Cocking, who was the dean of the University of Georgia's College of Education. Claiming that Cocking supported racially integrated classrooms, Talmadge demanded he be fired. The Board of Regents refused, and so Talmadge removed and replaced several regents until he eventually had a board that would do his bidding.
Within a year, Talmadge's tactics had led to the firing of 10 more esteemed educators (including the vice chancellor of the university system). The Board of Regents had lost all political independence. And the schools' libraries were purged of "subversive" books that were deemed to encourage concepts like racial equality or communism. Talmadge's political power grab only ended after several Georgia colleges and universities lost their accreditation, and Talmadge was defeated in his run for re-election.
So damaging was the "Cocking Affair," as it became known, to the independence of Georgia's colleges and universities that two years later the state amended its constitution. The new provision explicitly gives the Board of Regents constitutional power over "the government, control, and management" of the state's colleges and universities. Whether that constitutional provision provides a legal defense against Georgia's campus-carry law has not yet been tested in the courts. But the underlying threat of political intrusion into university administration remains the same now as it was in 1941.
"Time to go quiet for a while," Knox said in a Facebook post Monday night. "What I do, I do for the students."
Morehead also declined to comment on the lawsuit during an unrelated media briefing Wednesday, but he added that he is not aware of any issues with guns on campus since the law took effect July 1.
I will say that campus carry, with respect to the [UGA] campus, we have been able to implement the new rule," he said. "We have been proceeding forward without any incidents on campus, and we will continue to follow the law."
Barry is a journalism professor at UGABarry Hollander @barryhollander
Not being a conlaw expert, I need a knowledgeable writer to break down the odds of this UGA prof legal challenge to campus carry.
5:56 PM - 27 Sep 2017 from Athens, GA
Blake is the editor of the Athens rag the FlagpoleBlake Aued @BlakeAued 5m5 minutes ago
Replying to @barryhollander
Don't think it will fly, but closer to man on street than con law expert. Argument that it usurps BOR's authority is pretty ingenious tho.
Anthony is a law professor in Chicago(from Atlanta I believe)Anthony M. KreisVerified account @AnthonyMKreis [URL="https://twitter.com/AnthonyMKreis/status/913213449303461888]4m4 minutes ago[/URL]
Probability of success is zero, sadly. Theories about it impinging academic freedom, for example, are weak. Not any other theory is better.
Blake Aued @BlakeAued 13h13 hours agoBarry is a journalism professor at UGA
Blake is the editor of the Athens rag the Flagpole
Anthony is a law professor in Chicago(from Atlanta I believe)