In a ruling that could have statewide consequences, the 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled the University of North Florida cannot prohibit guns from being kept in cars parked on campus.
The university had banned the storage of any “weapon or destructive device” on college grounds and said any student who violated the rule could face discipline up to suspension or expulsion.
The gun-rights group Florida Carry Inc. and UNF student Alexandria Lainez sued arguing the university didn’t have the right under Florida law to ban firearms because the state Constitution gives that power to the state Legislature…..
…….Circuit Judge L. Page Haddock agreed with the university and threw out the lawsuit. He also denied a request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed Lainez to bring the gun onto campus while the issue was argued in court.
In his ruling Haddock found that the law allowing schools to prohibit guns on campus applied to universities and all other schools.
But the appeals court, in a 12-3 majority ruling written by Justice L. Clayton Roberts, disagreed.
The law grants school districts, not colleges or universities, the right to prohibit firearms, Roberts said.