The University of Florida is being sued by Florida Carry Inc. over its weapons policies. In the wake of the recent court decision regarding the storage of guns in vehicles on campus, UF amended its policies in that regard, but Sean Caranna, Executive Director of Florida Carry, says that doesn’t go far enough. His organization is challenging the university’s policy on guns in university-owned housing. At issue is whether university housing counts as part of campus or if it’s considered a student’s home. . . .
giving students the right to store guns there. “No one is holding class in their car, no one is holding class in their dorm, no one is holding class in off-campus apartments owned by the university,” Caranna said. “Those are not part of the education environment.” UF has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying Florida Carry doesn’t have standing, because none of its members are affected by the university’s policy. So if you know a gunny who lives on campus at UF, get ’em to join Florida Carry!
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Vancouver, Washington. Police say two people were shot and killed at a Benjamin Moore distribution center today. One of them was the shooter. Police believe there was a relationship between the two people, but could not confirm it. Due to the shooting and investigation, an elementary school was locked down. It was a half mile away, and the incident was apparently over in just a couple minutes, but locking down is what we do now. I live across the street from a school, and I try not to slam my doors too loudly. [h/t: Pascal]
An Iowa Senate subcommittee approved a bill today that would lower the allowable age limit for possession of a handgun under certain circumstances. Under current law, a person under 21 but older than 14 may possess a pistol or revolver and ammunition if they are under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian, or while receiving instruction from another adult. The proposed bill would reduce the lower limit to 12 years old. That’s good and all, but I think the bigger issue is… Can someone who is between 18 and 21 really not even possess a handgun without an adult over 21 present? Really? If so, that’s the law that needs to be fixed.
Last Thursday I told you about a DGU in the parking lot of Eastern Florida State College where a man who was being attacked retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and shot at the two men attacking him, wounding one of them. That same day, Florida Today wrote in their article that the man may be subject to expulsion based in EFSC’s policy against firearms in vehicles, in spite of the recent court decision allowing them. “EFSC Spokesman John Glisch said the losing side of that decision has asked the court to rehear the case, and his school is keeping their ban in place until the issue is resolved.” He’s mistaken. The decision was handed down on December 10th, and approximately 10 days later, UNF formally said they would not pursue an appeal. Some folks who read TTAG and also attend EFSC reached out to Florida Carry, Inc, who said they’d get on it.
Today, Florida Today has another article where the college backpedaled a bit on their earlier comments. “We’re reaching out to him to see what we can do,” EF President Jim Richey said. “He has a special place at our college, so we’re concerned about how he’s doing and how he’s feeling, and hopefully he feels well enough to continue classes.” Not mentioned in that story is the fact that Florida Carry has filed suit against EFSC for their illegal weapons ban. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: If you live in Florida, Florida Carry needs your support.
Are we tired of the GLOCK-brand GLOCK 42 yet? Iraqveteran8888 has an in-depth rundown on it. I’m a little tired, but I thought this was pretty good.