12/26/2013

Florida University won't appeal court decision that universities regulations guns on can't supersede state laws

The recent Florida Appeals court decision allowing guns being stored in cars parked at universities will make it possible to take guns with them to and from school.  The News Service of Florida:
The University of North Florida will not appeal a court ruling that struck down a policy preventing students from storing guns in their cars on campus. 
Sharon Ashton, the university’s vice president for public relations, sent an email Friday to students, faculty and staff informing them of the decision. 
“Earlier this month, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that UNF can’t prohibit students from keeping securely encased guns in cars parked (on) our campus and we have decided not to appeal that decision,’’ Ashton wrote. “Students still cannot carry a gun onto or on our campus, but can now legally keep a gun securely encased in their vehicle parked at UNF.” 
The appeals court ruled Dec. 10 in favor of a UNF student and the group Florida Carry Inc., which challenged the policy. 
Florida Carry Inc. Executive Director Sean Caranna said the university contacted the group’s attorneys Friday afternoon with its decision. . . .
From CBS Miami:
. . . The appeals court decision stated that FSU, along with the University of Florida and the University of South Florida had regulations identical to UNF. A spokeswoman for Florida International University said Monday that the Miami-based university also had rules that prohibited keeping a gun in a car. 
Officials with UF and USF did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Brittany Davis, a spokesman for the Florida Board of Governors, said that the State University System has not distributed the ruling to the universities. But Davis noted that not all universities have gun policies similar to the UNF policy. 
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. . . .  

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