BREAKING: Court Rules Florida Universities Can’t Regulate Guns in Cars on College Campuses
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A court ruling out of Florida could permit student and faculty gun owners to keep firearms in their cars, on campus.
According WFTV, the decision handed down by the 1st District Court of Appeals, says that public universities are not allowed to have stricter rules governing guns than the state.
Florida is one of many states that has state premption on the issue of firearms. These laws prevent any local municipality from enacting their own gun laws that may be at odds with state laws. This is primarily done to prevent a state from having numerous, different gun laws from county to county and city to city.
The court ruling found that public universities fall under this umbrella of state preemption.
According to the article,
The court decided the state’s 12 public universities are covered by this 2011 law. The ruling notes that while universities have the power to restrict lawful conduct – like drinking or smoking on campus – that power does not extend to regulating guns.
“Restricting recreational activities is a far cry from restricting a fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense,” wrote Judge Clay Roberts, whose opinion was supported by the majority of the 15 judges who serve in the court.
Eric Friday, the attorney representing student Alexandria Lainez and Florida Carry Inc., said the court had properly considered “the facts of this case” and came to the right conclusion.
It is currently illegal to carry guns onto any school campus, including colleges, in Florida, so the issue only extends to the storage of weapons in vehicles.
At least one lawmaker, isn’t happy with the results,
Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, said lawmakers may need to step in. He said he does not think people should be able to take guns on college campuses. Thrasher was instrumental two years ago in blocking a proposal to allow guns to be openly carried on campus.