AUSTIN -- Three University of Texas professors will be making their case in a courtroom Wednesday to try and keep guns out of their classrooms.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments from the teachers' lawyers Wednesday in New Orleans. The reason they are going outside of the state is because this isn't the first time the three professors have tried to prohibit concealed handguns.

Back in August 2016, a district judge in Austin denied their request to restrict guns in their rooms. Now, these federal appeals judges will hear their case.


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The three professors -- Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter -- are filing their lawsuit against the university's Board of Regents, claiming the law reverses previously accepted policies about campus carry in Texas. That ruling went into effect in August 2016 and allowed concealed carry for students, faculty and staff on campus.

UT President Gregory Fenves said in the past that handguns have no place on a college campus, but also said that he has a duty to comply with the law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton -- who is a defendant in this case along with Fenves -- has called this lawsuit, "baseless" and "an insult."

The legal case the teachers are making for themselves is that the lower court failed to consider claims that their rights were interfered with under the First and Second Amendment. Their hope is that the case will be sent back to the district court in Austin to be looked at again.