The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

A University of Kentucky graduate student has sued the university and others, claiming he was wrongfully fired from his job at the UK Chandler Medical Center because he had a handgun in his car.

Michael Mitchell, who had a permit allowing him to have a concealed weapon, was working as an anesthesia technician at the medical center in April 2009, when he was fired.

Mitchell is studying for a master’s degree in epidemiology. He remains a student at UK and hopes to medical school in the future.

Mitchell says that under Kentucky law he was allowed to keep a licensed gun in his car. School rules prohibit anyone except police and security staff from keeping a gun on campus.

Perhaps Mitchell should consider moving to Arizona to pursue his MD.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer