The University of Michigan can ban guns on its campuses, the state appeals court said, rejecting arguments that the school is stepping on turf controlled by the Legislature.
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.
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.
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