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Chicago Decision Should Not Change Campus Gun Bans, Experts Say

06/30/2010 03:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Supreme Court decision earlier this week to reverse Chicago's gun ban should not have adverse effects on campus handgun restrictions, higher education officials predict.

...the Supreme Court made clear that an individual's right to bear arms does not undermine state and local government bans in public spaces, such as schools and colleges, said [UC Irvine Law School dean Erwin] Chemerinsky, who spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Attorneys that discussed Supreme Court actions affecting higher education.

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito referenced an earlier case in which the the ruling respected "laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

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