Judge upholds Missouri university’s on-campus gun ban, for now
By Chris Eger
Royce de R. Barondes, a law professor at the University of Missouri, has been battling with the college over his right to carry on campus for the past three years. (Photo: University of Missouri School of Law)
A Circuit judge this week said the University of Missouri can keep their gun free zone but questions about how constitutional it is still need to be resolved.
Circuit Judge Jeff Harris ruled Wednesday that the school’s ban doesn’t violate state statute, but went on to reportedly contend the school’s firearm policy may not square with the state constitution itself, a question that would need to be satisfied at a bench trial.
The suit argued the university’s policy oversteps state law because it prohibits all law-abiding employees with valid concealed carry permits from carrying concealed firearms on school property while conducting activities within the scope of their employment — regardless of the employees’ individual circumstances or safety concerns.
“Given that the university has admitted it will sometimes permit concealed carry permit holders to possess firearms in vehicles on university property, it will be interesting to see how the curators try to justify selective enforcement of an absolute firearms ban,” Barondes told the Columbia Daily Tribune.
In 2015, Royce