Within days of filing their lawsuit against Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), Florida Carry stated this morning, June 3, 2014, the college has agreed to amended its anti-gun policies to come in to compliance with state firearms laws. The college is now subject to a settlement agreement with Florida Carry and in compliance with state law that allows students, staff, and visitors to lawfully store firearms in their private vehicles while parked on campus.
Since 1987 the Florida Legislature has preempted firearms law and issued statewide licenses to carry for self-defense. In December 2013 Florida Carry won a similar case against the University of North Florida (UNF). In Florida Carry v. UNF the First District Court of Appeal ruled that "The legislature's primacy in firearms regulation derives directly from the Florida Constitution... Indeed, the legislature has reserved for itself the whole field of firearms regulation in section 790.33(1)..." No public college or university has any authority to prevent students and the public from having a functional firearm in places that are constitutionally protected or permitted under state law.
Florida Carry is suing Broward County and the City of Tallahassee to fall into compliance with state law. As we stated last month regarding the two legal complaints, Broward County ignored repeated attempts by Florida Carry to be in compliance with state law and left no choice but for them file. When local officials refuse to stop breaking the law in order to deny the rights of Floridians, Florida Carry acts to demand that people's rights be protected. Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry was also named as a defendant in the case. Florida Carry is represented by Miami attorneys Michael T. Davis and Benedict P. Kuehne of The Law Offices of Benedict P. Kuehne, P.A. and Florida Carry General Counsel Eric J. Friday with Fletcher & Phillips of Jacksonville. Florida Carry, Inc. and the Second Amendment Foundation joined forces in the lawsuit against the City of Tallahassee for refusing to repeal ordinances restricting the use of firearms in defiance of Florida's firearms preemption law.