Snowstorm delays Medford teacher's handgun case before court of appeals

A series of winter storms has temporarily delayed the appeals court case of Medford teacher Shirley Katz, who was denied permission to bring a gun to school.

Katz' case was slated to be heard at 9 a.m. Tuesday before the Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem, but the appeals court closed this week because of weather. No specific time has been set for the courts to reopen or for Katz's case to be heard, officials said.

Katz, who teaches English at South Medford High School, has a concealed handgun license for her Glock 9 mm handgun.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Philip Arnold ruled last year that the Medford School District's employee policy barring guns on campus did not violate the state law that prohibits cities and other governmental districts from regulating guns because the policy did not amount to an ordinance.

Katz' attorney, James Leuenberger of Lake Oswego, is expected to argue that state law allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns in public buildings, and that only the Legislature can change that, not the Medford School District.

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