Thursday, April 26, 2012

Supreme Court of Kentucky Rules in Favor of Employee With Gun in His Car

Volokh Conspiracy points to Mitchell v. University of Kentucky (Ky. 2012), which ruled that an employee and grad student who was fired from his job for having a handgun in his car (for which he had a concealed handgun license) has a valid basis for a wrongful termination suit against the university.  It's a complicated discussion, but the core of the argument is that Mitchell was exercising his right to keep and bear arms in conformity with Kentucky law.  While the university has some authority to regulate possession of arms on university property, when those regulations are in conflict with public policy, as defined by the state legislature, the university's rules lose the fight.

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