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U. of Michigan Can Ban Handguns, Appeals Court Rules

A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor can maintain a campuswide ban on guns.

The 2-to-1 decision permits the university to regulate the possession of firearms, and said the University of Michigan’s campuses are not affected by a state law that prevents local units of government from limiting gun ownership and carrying.

Joshua Wade, an Ann Arbor resident, was denied permission to openly carry a handgun on campus and challenged the ban on Second Amendment grounds, first in the Michigan Court of Claims and recently in the state Court of Appeals. Mr. Wade argued that the University of Michigan was not a school in the traditional sense, but a community where people live and work, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Steven Dulan, Mr. Wade’s lawyer, told The Chronicle that he will “probably” appeal the case to the Michigan Supreme Court, but that he and the plaintiff have 40 days to decide.

Exceptions to the university’s no-guns regulation include those who have received special authorization from the university. The director of the university’s Department of Public Safety would have the power to waive the prohibition in the case of “extraordinary circumstances.”

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