Gun Rights Group Sues Over FSU Football ‘Game Day Plan’

September 9, 2015


A gun-rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to try to force Florida State University to change its football “Game Day Plan 2015,” a 28-page information packet sent out by campus police that advises visitors firearms can’t be stored in vehicles parked on campus.

Florida Carry Inc. announced late Tuesday it and FSU graduate student Bekah Hargrove, a member of Florida Students for Concealed Carry, are seeking an injunction against university President John Thrasher and university Police Chief David Perry over the “game day” guide.

Florida Carry and Hargrove argue the “game day” guide fails to follow a 2013 ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal that said the University of North Florida cannot prevent firearms from being stowed in cars. The “game day” guide provides general information on parking, traffic patterns, tailgating, concessions, and other items such as banners, drones and smoking.

Under a section titled “weapons,” the packet states that weapons are prohibited on campus and that a “fan may not store firearms or other weapons in their vehicles parked on campus while attending the game.”

In a release, Florida Carry Executive Director Sean Caranna called the planner “a blatant attempt” to “enforce illegal gun control with the threat of throwing good people in jail for the lawful exercise of their right to bear arms.”

A university spokesman said Tuesday officials had not seen the legal documents and could not comment. The state university system and Florida Carry are awaiting a separate decision from the 1st District Court over the gun-rights group’s argument that the Second Amendment should supersede a Florida law that bans firearms from university housing.

by The News Service of Florida


9 Responses to “Gun Rights Group Sues Over FSU Football ‘Game Day Plan’”

  1. Keith on September 9th, 2015 9:56 pm

    It is a public school not private property. They don’t have the right to make that decision. They don’t own the land, so what right do they have to make that decision over our constitutional right? Go Canes!!!

  2. Facetious Bob on September 9th, 2015 7:43 pm

    One of the rallying cries from several years ago….”Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Well, it worked for “them.”

  3. sam on September 9th, 2015 5:58 pm

    re: FaithinUS
    if it hasn’t moved FSU is still in the United States. and unless obama hasn’t changed the constitution this week and i have a permit, i can leave it locked in my car as i always do.

  4. thevapor on September 9th, 2015 3:53 pm

    Statute 790 covers this. FSU is wrong due to preemption.

  5. Joe on September 9th, 2015 3:18 pm

    And this is why I am a Florida Gator! They are not liberal like the women’s school to the east.

  6. Mike on September 9th, 2015 3:04 pm

    @Patriot FaithinUS was saying if you are going to pay $300-$500 to park on campus don’t. I go to all the homes games and park right up the street in a church parking lot and all is cool. I don’t see anything about the constitution so lets not be so quick to judge people.

  7. Patriot on September 9th, 2015 10:01 am

    In response to “FaithinUS”,
    The school does not have the authority to ban weapons in vehicles. Maybe you’ve heard of the U.S. Constitution…it covers that.
    Don’t like THAT? Move to a country that doesn’t recognize basic human rights.

  8. FaithinUS on September 9th, 2015 6:28 am

    Don’t like it? Don’t park ON CAMPUS.

  9. Sam on September 9th, 2015 5:26 am

    If i were a fsu fan,, which i’m not, i would have mine in the car. If the situation came up where my firearm were seized in a search, we go to court and fsu loses.

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