Federal Court backs protesters wearing empty holsters

A federal court decision will let Tarrant County College students wear empty holsters in public areas when they protest a ban of concealed weapons on campus next week.

However, they can’t wear the holsters in the Fort Worth-area school’s classrooms and hallways.

Clayton Smith and John Schwertz sued because officials limited the protest to a table on the front porch of the student center, and told them they couldn’t wear empty holsters.

U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means, of Fort Worth, granted a temporary restraining order on Friday. It prevents Tarrant County College from restricting the protest by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas represents the two.

Poisonally, I think these are nutballs of the first order – wanting concealed carry on campus. But, the ACLU and others are taking appropriate action defending their right to demonstrate and protest against existing regs.

Symbolic empty holsters is a reasonably bright gimmick for the protest – and they should be supported in their freedom to dissent.

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