Michigan Court: University of Michigan can ban firearms on campus
By Andrew Shepperson
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the University of Michigan’s campus gun ban.
MLive reported Judge Mark Cavanagh issued an opinion for the majority in the 2-1 decision, saying that the university’s weapons ban does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
The opinion disagreed with plaintiff Joshua Wade, who had sued the university in 2015, arguing the ban was unconstitutional and conflicts with state law.
Under current school policy, only law enforcement officers and military personnel are allowed to carry weapons on campus.
“Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings,” Cavanagh said in the opinion.
Judge David Sawyer issued a dissenting opinion in which he argued the university’s ban is in conflict with state law that should preempt the university from imposing firearms regulations in public areas of the university.
“Turning to the issue at hand, I do not view applying preemption to the issue of firearm possession as invading either the University’s educational or