Potential Landmark 2nd Amendment Case Brewing at U of Missouri

One professor’s desire to protect himself and exercise his Second Amendment rights could result in what some are calling a potential landmark case for gun rights.

The University of Missouri is countersuing a law school professor who has asked a court to invalidate the university's ban on firearms, according to this story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Royce de R. Barondes' attorney filed the suit in September, claiming that the university's rules against carrying a firearm on campus violates his constitutional rights, as well as a state law that allows public employees to keep guns locked in their cars, the story says.

Barondes teaches a class on firearms law at the school and is licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

The University’s court filings in its countersuit says that the board of curators is charged with creating a safe environment, and the ban on guns is “narrowly tailored to achieve that objective.”

"The right to keep and bear arms under the federal and state constitutions is laudable, but not absolute," the school writes, mentioning that the school encompasses hospitals and day cares, and that it hosts large events.

As the state law currently stands, having a CCW permit doesn’t allow people to carry firearms into a higher education institution unless permission is granted by the governing board.

Both Barondes and the university are seeking to recoup attorney fees and court costs.