It all started innocently enough: Mitchell was doing his job at the University of Kentucky (UK) when a coworker overheard a comment he made about a gun and reported it to a superior. Officials at the UK then searched Mitchell’s locker for a gun that they erroneously believed was there. Mitchell then admitted that he had a gun safely locked away in his car, which was parked a quarter mile away.
Police from the University of Kentucky seized the gun from his car, and the university promptly fired Mitchell.
There are two big problems with that course of action: the Second and Fourth Amendments. It was perfectly legal for Mitchell to own the gun, and the only people who broke the law were the police, who illegally seized his gun, and the university, which fired Mitchell on unlawful grounds.
Mitchell asked KC3 for help, and together they filed a suit at the circuit courts. It was dismissed, so of course the they took it to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The court unanimously struck down the circuit court’s decision and remanded the case back to circuit court. The Kentucky Supreme Court argued, “We conclude that Mitchell’s discharge was contrary to a fundamental and well-defined public policy, i.e., the right to bear arms as evidenced by the Kentucky Revised Statutes.”
So, yeah, as it turns out exercising your Constitutional rights ins’t illegal, and that violating a person’s rights can get you in trouble. Who knew?