VIOLATION OF FLORIDA CONSTITUTION: St. Petersburg College Refuses to Allow Students and Staff to Store Firearms in Personal Vehicles

St._Petersburg_College_SealOn Friday, February 28th, 2014 Florida Carry received a member complaint that St. Petersburg College was still refusing to allow students and employees to lawfully store firearms in their personal vehicles while parked on campus despite a widely reported December 2013 ruling of the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal.

Our Campus Policy Director contacted the college and was also told that firearms could not be stored in student’s cars on campus.

Such illegal policies adversely affect the rights of many of our members, and others, who attend the St. Petersburg College and live in the local community.

In December the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Florida Carry in our lawsuit against the University of North Florida. The court ruled that college policies prohibiting the otherwise lawful possession of firearms, and other arms, on campus are preempted by both statute and by the Florida Constitution. 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)…”

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