TCC Students File Lawsuit Over Protest Restrictions

Students plan to participate in a nationwide "empty holster protests"

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    Two community college students who favor carrying concealed weapons are challenging their school's restrictions on campus protests.

    Two community college students who favor carrying concealed weapons are challenging their school's restrictions on campus protests.

    Clayton Smith and John Schwertz Jr. announced Thursday that they have filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas against the Tarrant County College District. They contend the college system restricts their First Amendment rights by controlling the time, place and manner of protests.

    The students plan to participate in a nationwide demonstration next week known as "empty holster protests," calling attention to policies forbidding concealed weapons on campus. School officials limited the protest to a designated area and prohibited students from wearing empty holsters.

    The Tarrant County College District chancellor didn't return a message left by The Associated Press.