U. Florida sued by gun rights group claiming school gun policy violates state law

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  • Lawsuit filed by Florida Carry Inc. claims school's campus gun policy violates state statute.
  • Suit follows recent court ruling which eliminated ban on guns stored in vehicles on campus.
  • University officials deny allegations and claim school is fully compliant with state law.
  • Florida Carry, Inc., (FCI), a pro-gun organization, filed a lawsuit this past Friday against the University of Florida (UF), claiming the school’s gun policy is in violation of a state law.

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports that UF complied with a Florida court ruling last December which declared that individuals have the right to store guns in on-campus vehicles.

    FCI is alleging that the school’s strict campus gun ban goes against a state statute the “pre-empts” the local regulation of fire arms and allows guns in other areas of campus.   

    In a press release, FCI President Sean Carrana stated the school has failed to comply with the state statute by only putting a statement of intent at the bottom of the page for campus gun regulations. 

    FCI is also alleging that the school’s strict campus gun ban goes against a state statute that “pre-empts” the local regulation of fire arms and allows guns in other areas of campus.

    In the lawsuit, FCI is challenging a campus policy which prevent guns from being carried in on-campus housing. Carrana claims FCI only filed the lawsuit after the school was unresponsive to previous efforts to have their rules changed.

    UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes stated in a press release the school is “surprised” by the lawsuit and that the university believes their campus gun policies are fully in line with the law.

    “We need to be clear that the University of Florida is not challenging the 1st DCA decision, and we believe we are in full compliance with that law requiring universities to allow individuals 18 years or older to store their guns securely in their cars on campus,” said Sikes.

    Sikes also stated that the previous ruling only addressed fire arms in campus vehicles and added that they will not comment on the lawsuit because FCI has not officially served the university.

    “We have not been served with the lawsuit nor have we been contacted by Florida Carry regarding it and therefore cannot comment further.”

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