Univ. of Michigan Wins Citizen’s Lawsuit Against Campus Gun Ban

The concealed carry policy was found to adhere to state and federal gun laws.

Univ. of Michigan Wins Citizen’s Lawsuit Against Campus Gun Ban

The University of Michigan has forbid guns on its campuses since 2001.

The University of Michigan can continue to ban guns on campus after an appeals court ruling June 7.

The ruling upholds UM’s 2001 gun ban and affirms a decision made by the Michigan Court of Claims, reports Detroit News.

Ann Arbor resident Joshua Wade, 25, challenged the university’s gun ban in a lawsuit filed in 2015. Wade, who is not a student, has a concealed carry permit and frequently brings a pistol with him to downtown Ann Arbor.

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Because UM’s campus line is not always clearly defined, Wade requested a waiver from the university’s gun policy.

After Wade’s request was denied he filed a lawsuit against UM, claiming that the gun ban conflicted with state law and the U.S. constitution.

But in a 2-1 decision, the appeals court found UM’s gun ban doesn’t violate the Constitution. The court also ruled that a state law preventing limits on guns doesn’t apply to UM or other universities.

Wade says he is considering appealing to the Supreme Court.

UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald released the following statement following the decision.

“We are pleased that the court has upheld the university’s reasonable limits regarding weapons on our campuses,” Fitzgerald said. “This is an important component to ensuring the safety of all members of our community, including students, faculty, staff, patients and the hundreds of thousands of other people who visit our campuses each year.”

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