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Erich Martin

As mass shootings continue to rock the country, Florida lawmakers say more needs to be done to ensure students are safe. For some that means allowing more guns on college campuses. But for many students at Florida State University that proposal leads to more feelings of fear than safety.

Reynolds Hall on Florida State University's campus
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Florida State University is now facing another lawsuit over guns—this time, over the storage of rifles and shotguns in a vehicle on campus. It builds on a previous suit filed by a gun rights group a few years ago.

Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, they’re marking some disappointments as well.

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The First District Court of Appeals is revisiting the issue of storing firearms in cars on university campuses.  A Florida State University directive in 2015 initially—and incorrectly—prohibited guns in violation of the courts.

Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores
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Dozens of gun measures are likely dead this year in the legislature. A key Republican Senator says she won’t support measures like campus carry or guns in school zones.

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There are few issues that find more support among the Republican Party than guns, and Florida’s GOP dominated statehouse is no exception.  When lawmakers return to Tallahassee for the 2016 regular session, they’ll be coming back loaded for bear.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher’s roots run deep in the Florida Legislature. With his friend and former Senate colleague Joe Negron slated to become the next Senate President, legislative stars could align for FSU.

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Florida House lawmakers have pushed a plan to allow people to carry guns on college campuses through its final committee.  Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) is sponsoring the measure, and Thursday he lashed out at critics who say the change will come with a hefty price tag for Florida’s colleges.

The League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and a group calling itself, Generation Progress, are hosting an advanced screening of an HBO documentary, followed by a panel discussion this weekend. It centers around Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

Rep. Dave Kerner (D-Lake Worth)
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Florida lawmakers are working on two measures expanding the right to carry a gun in public.  But four former law enforcement officers now serving in the Florida House say it’s a bad deal for cops.

Florida law currently prohibits concealed weapons on college campuses.
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An effort to allow concealed weapons on college campuses passed its second Senate committee Tuesday.

Legislative leaders made their pitch at the Capitol Wednesday.
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Elected officials gathered at the Capitol's observation deck Wednesday to lay out their plans for the coming year.  The Associated Press hosts the annual event.

John Thrasher

Florida State University’s President is getting both a bonus and a pay raise this year.  Trustees gave John Thrasher high marks for his first year as president.

Steube speaking before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
Nick Evans

Lawmakers are trying to allow concealed weapons on college campuses again.  The language is familiar, and so are many of the faces.  But the bill sponsors are hoping the outcome will be different.

FSU's game day parking policy is raising concerns with gun rights activists.
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Parking policies aren’t often the subject of litigation, but Florida State University’s prohibition of guns in cars has drawn a challenge from the group Florida Carry.  The university police department has since updated its policy.

The guns-on-campus debate is back. Two Republican conservatives are reviving controversial legislation that died last year.

Representative Greg Steube of Sarasota describes himself as a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights. He says college students have as much a need to defend themselves as anyone else.

“Just because you walk onto a college campus I don’t think that that should be any different than walking in any other place in our community.”

Florida's First District Court of Appeals
Adam Theo

The First District Court of Appeal is considering whether to compel public universities to allow guns in school housing.

Pro-gun activists are taking the question of firearms on campus to the First District Court of Appeal next week.
Robert Nelson

An ongoing legal battle may decide whether guns are allowed on public university campuses.  Pro-gun group Florida Carry’s case against the University of Florida may do what the Legislature did not.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee)
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To this point, Democrats in the Florida Legislature have presented a unified front in opposition to a bill allowing concealed weapons on public university and college campuses.  But Wednesday two Democratic House members broke with their caucus to support the plan.

Students gathered on FSU's Landis Green after a shooting at the school's library.
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A proposal allowing guns to be carried on public college and university campuses is gaining steam in the legislature. While the bill applies to all public higher educations in Florida—One school, Florida State University—is dominating the conversation.

A bill allowing people to carry guns on college campuses, gun safety, and mental illness are just some of the topics that sparked heated discussion during a Tallahassee forum.

Florida League of Women Voters urge to ban guns on college campuses.
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The Florida League of Women Voters is urging the Legislature to keep guns off college campuses. The move comes in the wake of Monday’s shooting at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Fla. 

The League says the shooting at Bethune-Cookman University raises its concern to another level. Three students suffered minor injuries during the incident. League President Deirdre Macnab says guns on any college campus is bad for safety.  

Landis Green from the steps of Strozier Library.
NIck Evans

Despite broad opposition on Florida’s campuses, state lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to allow guns at universities.  Three months ago today, there was a shooting at Florida State University, and this week the controversial measure began its path through the Senate.

Despite strong campus opposition concealed carry is one step closer to Florida universities.
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A controversial measure to allow concealed weapons on university campuses passed on a close party-line vote in a senate committee Monday. 

Concealed carry licenses in Florida are limited.  Places like bars, courtrooms—even career centers are set aside as gun-free zones.  But Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) is taking aim at a different area: public universities. 

Evers invited Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) to introduce the bill, and during his presentation Evers holds up a sheet of paper for Steube to see.

Florida lawmakers are considering whether to allow people to carry guns on public college and university campuses.

The bill comes in the wake of a November shooting at Florida State University, which injured three people—one critically—and left the gunman dead. During a committee hearing on the proposal, Eric Friday general counsel for the pro-gun lobby group Florida Carry, backed thebill.