Florida University Sued Over Campus Gun Ban - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Florida University Sued Over Campus Gun Ban

Email




by Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—A gun rights group is suing the University of Florida for banning guns in campus housing. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar suit against the University of North Florida’s ban on guns in cars.

In early December, the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a UNF student and gun rights group Florida Carry that challenged a rule banning students from storing guns in their cars.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports UF officials said in a written statement they had been in talks with Florida Carry this week and were stunned by the lawsuit.

UF got rid of its ban on guns in cars to comply with the ruling, but had left in place a strict ban on firearms elsewhere on campus. Campus residents can store their guns, unloaded, at the university’s police station if they have permission. Anyone bringing a gun to the station is required to follow a specific street route to get there.

More than 75 people have stored guns at the station, according to media reports.

“They didn’t object to the steps we have taken to comply with the court’s decision, and they never raised the issue of guns in the home, which was not the subject of the court’s decision,” UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said in a statement.

After last month’s ruling Florida Carry sent a notice to all Florida universities and colleges that it will sue any school that does not repeal similar rules by the start of the spring semester.

“We take no joy in filing lawsuits,” founder Sean Caranna said. “I wish it was not a necessary part of what our organization does. But it is a stark reality in the fight to protect the right to bear arms.”

Related:  REV. EDWARD L. WHEELER

After the ruling, UNF President John Delaney told students and faculty the university would not appeal the ruling; and stated that, effective immediately, students could store guns in their cars.

Florida State University officials also said the university would immediately follow the ruling.

Florida law currently makes it illegal to possess or exhibit guns at schools and universities and permits school districts to prohibit guns from being stored in cars. The court rejected arguments by UNF attorneys that universities, like school districts, could ban guns in cars.

The appeals court also ruled that universities must abide by a state law that pre-empts the regulation of guns by local governments and state agencies. The ruling notes that while universities have the power to restrict conduct like drinking or smoking on campus, that power does not extend to regulating guns.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Texas Might Increase Number of Community Colleges Offering Bachelor’s Degrees The Texas state legislature is considering expanding the number of community colleges that offer bachelor’s degrees in the state. Currently, three community colleges already offer a limited number of four-year degrees. Senate Bill 2118, if enacted...
Study: Reduced Community College Tuition Not Impacting 4-year Enrollment A steep drop in community college tuition typically sparks significant enrollment increases of recent high school graduates without diverting many of them from four-year, public institutions, suggesting the price cut makes higher education more attai...
Audit: Iowa Athletics IT Director Submitted False Invoices IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa athletics department’s information technology director spent school money on personal items for his home and then submitted false invoices to cover his tracks, according to a state audit released Thursday. ...
College Renames Building Amid Link to Racial Segregation EWING, N.J. — The College of New Jersey has changed the name of a building amid concern its namesake was a racial segregationist. Paul Loser Hall was renamed Trenton Hall on Wednesday by the college board of trustees. The move comes a week after P...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *