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Published On: Wed, Jun 21st, 2017

Court rules to uphold University of Michigan’s campus gun ban

The University of Michigan can ban guns on its campuses, the state appeals court said, rejecting arguments that the school is overstepping their power from the legislative branch.

In a 2-1 decision, the court said a 2001 ban doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. The court also said the university isn’t covered by a state law that prevents local governments from putting limits on guns.

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photo Joel Bombardier via Flickr

The university is a “state-level, not a lower level or inferior level, governmental entity. More specifically, it is a constitutional corporation of independent authority,” judges Mark Cavanagh and Deborah Servitto said.

All University of Michigan properties are gun-free for students, non-police staff and the general public, unless a waiver for “extraordinary circumstances” is granted by the public safety department.

Judge David Sawyer wrote a dissenting opinion, saying the university is exceeding its authority by adopting its own restrictions. The appeals court decision was dated Tuesday but released Wednesday.

Gun possession on public property has received much attention in Michigan courts and around the country.

In December, a different three-judge panel at the appeals court said public schools can ban guns carried by visitors. The court said schools are empowered to keep students safe and exist independently of local governments, which can’t regulate possession.

In another case, in 2013, the appeals court said a Lansing library couldn’t bar gun-toting patrons.

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