Saturday, February 8, 2014

Guns Allowed on College Campus After Court Ruling

COCOA, Florida – It is now legal to keep a concealed weapon in a vehicle on the campuses of Eastern Florida State College, according to college officials.
The policy change is in reaction to a December decision by the 1st District Court of Appeals that overturned a University of North Florida policy that banned guns in vehicles on campus.

“The change goes into effect immediately and is in compliance with the court ruling,” said John Glisch, the college’s Associate Vice-President for Communications.
This policy change comes one week after a shooting on the Palm Bay campus of EFSC.  Brevard Times has provided details of that incident and the court ruling at: http://news.brevardtimes.com/2014/01/self-defense-claimed-at-florida-college.html and http://government.brevardtimes.com/2013/12/court-florida-universities-cant-ban.html.

The Eastern Florida policy states:
“It is lawful and is not a violation of Florida Statutes or EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE policy/procedure 112 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private vehicle (conveyance), without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing in this policy prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. [§790.115; §790.25; §790.251, Fla. Stat. (2013)]”


 

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