University of Missouri law professor Royce de R. Barondes is suing to overturn the school’s policy that effectively creates a gun-free zone.
Under the university’s policy, possessing a firearm is prohibited except regularly approved programs or by “university agents or employees in the line of duty.”
Barondes lawsuit seeks to take advantage of new language added to the state Constitution that says the right to keep and bear arms is unalienable and subject to strict scrutiny.
“I think it was a well-intentioned rule meant for the safety of individuals on campus. The problem is that the bad guys don’t care about the rules,” Barondes’ lawyer, Jennifer Bukowsky told KOMU in an interview.
“There has been a number of incidents in Columbia where dangerous things have happened and the university or the curators shouldn’t be making a decision for individuals on how they chose to defend themselves,” Bukowsky added.
Barondes is a concealed carry permit holder who has also taught courses on gun laws.
The university has acknowledged the lawsuit, but declined to comment on it at this point.