Gun activist sues University of Michigan over right to carry

Another battle over the right to carry - a gun lover who's challenging the University of Michigan's gun-free zone.

Josh Wade is the same guy who open carried his pistol to his sister's high school choir concert forced the Ann Arbor district to change its policy on guns in schools. It also led to someone suing the school system.

A decent shot at 15 yards, Wade is now taking aim through the courts at U-M. The budding gun rights activist is suing the public university so he can open carry firearms on campus.

Even though Michigan allows registered gun owners to open carry, U-M bans people from possessing guns on its property unless they're authorized employees, in law enforcement or the military.
 
Students with extreme circumstances can get approval from University of Michigan's police department  to carry a gun.
 
Wade, a non student, sought it and was denied
 
"I just want U-M to come into compliance with state law," Wade said. "And that's what it really comes down to. We have an existing law and the legislature is the place to change that if it needs to be changed at all.
 
 U-M said in a statement it will vigorously defend its right to regulate weapons on campus to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.
 
Every student FOX 2 talked with said allowing people to open carry on campus is a bad idea.

"The police unfortunately can't be everywhere," Wade said. "They can't protect everyone as evidenced by the fact that crime happens. 

"We feel we have a very strong case. We have case law, state law, the state constitution on our side."

FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton agrees, saying this lawsuit does have merit - but it's anyone's guess how a judge would rule on it.

The University of Michigan has until the end of the week to respond to the lawsuit.

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