Florida State University is facing a lawsuit from a student backed by a local pro-gun group over its ban on firearms at Seminoles games.
FSU grad student Bekah Hargrove, joined by Students for Concealed Carry and Florida Carry filed suit Tuesday asking for an injunction against university President John Thrasher, the school itself and campus police Chief David Perry to allow guns in vehicles at this weekend’s football game.
The plaintiffs argue the school has no legal standing to enact the ban, pointing to a 2013 decision by a Florida appeals court that state universities do not have the power to prohibit law-abiding gun owners from keeping loaded firearms in their vehicles while on campus.
The school points to increased game attendance, with upwards of 85,000 or more fans on hand for Seminoles’ football games at Doak Campbell Stadium, which in turn has led to increased safety concerns. The university stated earlier this month that weapons are not permitted to be stored in a vehicle on the FSU campus at any time, including game days.
“These publications are a blatant attempt by FSU President Thrasher, and his anti-Second Amendment employees, to enforce illegal gun control with the threat of throwing good people in jail for the lawful exercise of their right to bear arms,” said Sean Caranna, executive director of Florida Carry, in a statement to Guns.com. “We demand that public officials follow the law and will stand for nothing less.”