Supreme Court Rules District Judge Lacked Jurisdiction in UW Gun Case
Written by jordanmckamey on September 5, 2019
The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a district judge wrongly issued an order that upheld the University of Wyoming’s restriction on people’s ability to carry firearms on campus, saying in a split decision that the judge didn’t have jurisdiction in the case.
The state’s high court decided 3-2 Wednesday to overturn District Judge Tori Kricken’s ruling that a state law prohibiting local governments and entities from making their own gun regulations only applies to guns manufactured in Wyoming.
The judge’s ruling in November had the effect of upholding the UW ban on carrying guns on campus.
The Laramie Boomerang reports that a majority of Supreme Court justices ruled that a different judge, not Kricken, has jurisdiction over the case.
A dissenting judge in the case said the high court’s majority ruling avoided the main issue over whether the school can regulate guns on campus.