U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel first refused to block the law from taking effect on Aug. 1, 2016, which was also the 50th anniversary of the day a gunman shot down 14 people from the tower on UT’s campus. Yeakel then ruled last July that the UT professors did not prove that the 2015 law violated their rights and tossed out the case.
Paxton had praised Yeakel’s decision to throw out the case. On Wednesday, his spokesman, Marc Rylander, called the lawsuit “frivolous.”
“Last year, a U.S. District Court determined that a handful of professors could not deny a licensed, law-abiding citizen on campus the same measure of personal protection that they are entitled to throughout the rest of the state,” Rylander said in a prepared statement. “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and that right cannot be stripped away by a small group of professors who dislike the law.”