Since public universities and colleges are owned and operated by their respective States, and are, therefore "state institutions", deriving their legal power from State government charters, does McDonald have any bearing on the prohibition of lawful CC, OC, or possession of firearms on college/university property?
The McDonald decision may have some WIDE-reaching ramifications. We need to get some creative lawyers on this, and start hammering away at the state-sponsored restrictions on lawful firearms possession and carry on campuses...
Last edited by Dreamer; 06-29-2010 at 09:03 AM. Reason: spelling
Is it winnable? CERTAINLY there's almost always a winning side. I don't think the SCOTUS decision is where to focus the battle for campus carry though particularly in states where the schools are simply denying their lack of authority on the issue.
Use your existing laws and/or state legislative action for now, along with lawsuits when needed.
We don't have any signage legislation so ignoring "no guns" signs is lawful here until they say to leave.
We've got it pretty good but we are still fighting the schools and locals who are resisting state law which is quite clear. They like to post signs even when they know they have no lawful backing. They generally try to say "oh, that's for people without a license" but their intent is to cause all gun carriers to stay clear. Some even threaten arrest, expulsion from school, etc. There is at least one major case in the system right now, civil, and they'll most likely get hammered and have to back down.
But yes, there's still a long way to go and many of the fights will be at the state level.