Florida Carry wins suit against Eastern Florida State College


Lee’s note: Florida Carry, Inc., has won another court victory against a state school that wouldn’t allow staff and students to keep a firearm secured in their vehicle while attending class.

Here’s their press release:

Within days of filing our lawsuit against Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), the college agreed to amended its anti-gun policies to come in to compliance with state firearms laws.

Since 1987 the Florida Legislature has preempted firearms law and issued statewide licenses to carry for self-defense. In December 2013 Florida Carry floridacarrywon a similar case against the University of North Florida (UNF). In Florida Carry v. UNF the First District Court of Appeal ruled that “The legislature’s primacy in firearms regulation derives directly from the Florida Constitution… Indeed, the legislature has reserved for itself the whole field of firearms regulation in section 790.33(1)…” No public college or university has any authority to prevent students and the public from having a functional firearm in places that are constitutionally protected or permitted under state law.

The college is now subject to a settlement agreement with Florida Carry and in compliance with state law that allows students, staff, and visitors to lawfully store firearms in their private vehicles while parked on campus.

Your Florida Carry Membership made this action, and the other 9 cases we are currently pursuing possible.


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  2. Great. I’m so happy to see those civic efforts applied to such an important issue. My God, if I can’t keep a gun in my pickup while I’m in Dental Hygiene class, I might as well live in Russia. Or California.

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  4. I don’t even know why this action is necessary. How do they keep someone from storing their legally owned firearm in their vehicle? They certainly can’t search the vehicles, and unless you advertise that you are doing, how would they know? If they took any sort of action against an individual, you can be assured they’d get sued. They have ZERO jurisdiction.

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