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December 12, 2013 - 7:32 am

First, the good news: BizPacreview reports that a Florida court has ruled that college students don’t surrender their constitutional rights as soon as they enter campus.

The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.”

Lainez, who’s 24 and has had a concealed weapons permit for three years, said she takes firearms safety and training pretty seriously, too. A Jacksonville resident with a half-hour one-way commute to school, she said she’s working to get students at other schools interested in gun training, too.

“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school.”

And making that commute armed means storing the gun on UNF property.

UNF bans all firearms on campus. Lainez sued to get UNF to change its regulation, and she won.

But the University of North Florida doesn’t care.

In an emailed statement Wednesday, UNF Associate Director for Public Relations Joanna Norris wrote that the university is still reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. Until it makes that decision, she wrote, the university’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect.

Friday (Lainez’s attorney) said that means the university intends to continue breaking the law.

“In other words, despite the express, well-reasoned opinion of this court, they intend to continue violating students’ rights until they have to comply,” he said.

Florida has passed laws dealing with officials who defy the state’s gun laws in ways that restrict Second Amendment rights. Those laws, if enforced, carry fines and even removal from office.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Bryan, with respect, I'm going to criticize your headline. The UNF press release does not indicate an intent to defy the court. Rather, it merely states that the decision is not yet final - which is procedurally correct - and so does not yet take effect on UNF.

You've mistakenly sensationalized their release.
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"Florida has passed laws dealing with officials who defy the state’s gun laws in ways that restrict Second Amendment rights. Those laws, if enforced, carry fines and even removal from office."

The Feds ahve similar rules. They get enforced about once every three or four years against Republicans.
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Not analogous at all.
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Greetings:

So, who do you think U.S. Attorney General Eric (My people) Holder will send down there first, his civil rights apparatchiks or those Fast and Furious guys ?
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I'm surprised the school didn't use the First Amendment on "Freedom of Religion" as part of their defense. It's probably their only defense since we all know progressivism is, in fact, a religion.
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Oh, about $20,000 fine per day ought to get the attention of these lawless academy administrators.
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never happen and if, by chance, it did the uninversity would pay with taxpayer money. the only way to stop this crap is levy the fines on the individuals who make the decision to ignore the ruling. no politician or beaurocrat will ever allow that sort of accountability.
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Actually, Florida has a preemption bill with teeth in it. The officials can be personally liable.
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