Guns will be allowed on the campus at the University of North Florida. The Florida appeals court has ruled that the university violated state law when it prohibited UNF student Alexandria Lainez from storing a gun in her car. The verdict also means that the ruling will affect all cities and counties throughout the state.
Lainez said she needed the gun for self-defense purposes as she traveled to and from classes. She is also a licensed gun owner and has had a concealed weapons permit for the last three years. “[This] reaffirmed that the power to regulate firearms rests solely with the Legislature and not anywhere else,” said attorney Eric Friday, who called the case the biggest of its kind within Florida over the last 20 years.
Although UNF regulations had prohibited weapons on school campuses, the school handbook also said the violators of the law could be arrested. Friday said that “no college or university has the authority to make such a regulation.” Lainez had previously sued to change the regulation, but lost under the argument that UNF could ban weapons since state law allowed school districts to do so. But now that guns are permitted on campus, she is hoping to get other students interested in firearm training.
“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school,” she said.
Other states are also supporting gun owners when it comes to where they can keep their firearms. Last month, the Michigan Supreme Court denied the appeal of a library district in Lansing that claimed it had a right to ban guns.