Gun-rights group files lawsuit against St. Petersburg College - FOX 13 News

Gun-rights group files lawsuit against St. Petersburg College

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

"Too little, too late" is Florida Carry's response to St. Petersburg College's claims that it is already changing the catalyst of a lawsuit filed by Florida Carry.

SPC prohibits firearms anywhere on its properties, including the storage of firearms in the vehicles of students with concealed weapons permits.

Florida courts have upheld Florida Carry's contention that only the legislature can impose gun controls, and SPC acknowledges that reality.

The process of changing SPC's policy started shortly after Florida Carry prevailed in a similar lawsuit against the University of North Florida.

"The campus administrators and campus security have been given the information," SPC attorney Suzanne Gardner told FOX 13 News. "They are in practice in compliance with the new provisions."

Florida Carry filed its lawsuit this week after finding contrary evidence.

"We had a student contact our organization on Friday and then one of my directors called on Friday and spoke to a gentleman at SPC security department who told him the rules were still being enforced as of Friday," attorney Eric Friday said, adding the lawsuit will not be dropped.

"At this point the violation has occurred. They are responsible and liable under the law," Friday said. "Now if they change their policies and they want to discuss settlement negotiations, we'd be more than happy to be reasonable and generous in our settlement negotiations."

Friday, and the lawsuit, also point to another alleged violation of Florida law: SPC's rules of student conduct, which include the weapons ban, are still posted on the college's website.

"You need to communicate to your students immediately," Friday claimed. "You need to let them know that these rules are improper and are not being enforced."

Florida Carry advocated for exclusive legislative gun control powers, and has now sued four state colleges and universities and several cities for continuing to enforce non-legislative controls.

Ultimately, the organization wants no restrictions on students with concealed weapons permits.

"Students have rights, they have certain freedoms, and they should not be disarmed and subjected to criminals that make it on the campus just because they're students there," Friday said.

However, Florida Carry is leaving the decision of allowing firearms inside campus buildings to the legislature, confining its legal confrontations to the right to lawfully stow weapons in vehicles parked on college properties.

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