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Hello everyone. Just writing an update on the state of the campus carry movement in Florida, and especially at the University of Florida.

This past week marks the successful completion of an Empty Holster Protest on campus. From October 31st to November 3rd, members of Students for Concealed Carry at UF went about their day wearing holsters on their hips, handing out flyers and answering any questions other students had. The protest concluded on Thursday with members of the group tabling and advocating in Turlington Plaza at University of Florida.

Perhaps the most successful part of the protest, besides the surprisingly positive reaction we received, was the attention the protest garnered in the media. The week started out with an article in the Gainesville Sun. This sparked productive conversation both on the article and Facebook pages where the article was shared.

To ensure the success of the protest, University of Florida Police Department was notified in advance of the event, as well as our plans to safely execute the protest. We believe this communication allows us to maintain a polite working relationship with the authorities rather than an adversarial one, despite their duty to enforce current campus carry laws. Indeed, Captain Knowles of UFPD even attended our pre-protest meeting to give us some hints for a successful event.

Word spread both across campus and through the carry community, greatly aided by the use of social networking. However, a big break came Wednesday morning when Dustin Blanton, President of Students for Concealed Carry at UF, was interviewed for a few minutes on Bob Rose's radio show on WSKY. Later that night, following another interview, WUFT-TV aired a segment on Campus Carry and the Empty Holster Protest..

Finally, during tabling on Thursday, Duke Carter from WCJB TV-20 was on site interviewing both group members and members of the student body to get both the facts and sample the receptivity of the student body for the idea. The resulting news story was balanced and accurate, and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.

We would like to thank everyone who supports us, especially the state and national leadership of Students for Concealed Carry, as well as Florida Carry, Inc, for their continued fight for our rights.

If you are interested in more information, please 'Like' our Facebook page and see the blog posts on our website. Alternatively, you can message me on this forum or comment on this thread.

Thanks!
 

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Zach: Thanks for the update ... great job :2thumsup
 

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Congrats on a successful event, Zach. :drinks
 

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I work at UF and watched ya"ll go about your business..glad to see it went well. It's a wonder the Gainesville Sun didn't firebomb your bench at Turlington..they are somewhat...um... biased (owned by the New York Times)
 

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Excellent report. As a UF journalism school grad, I was pleasantly surprised to see the media engaged in some "random acts of journalism." That is, they were fair in their reporting.
 

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:2thumsup
 

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Best of luck in your movement. :clap
Every person everywhere should have the right to protect themselves and NOT have to count on someone else who's job is take a report AFTER the incident and draw a chalk outline around your body.
 

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Thanks for the support, everyone. Even if you're not in college anymore, remember this ban applies to faculty and visitors as well, so people who work on campus or even stop to drop off an assignment are disarmed from the time they leave the house in the morning to the time they get home at night.

Don't let your (grand)sons' and (grand)daughters' safety be subject to the arbitrary "defense-free zones" established by legislators and administrators who think that disarming the law-abiding will keep them safe. :banghead
 

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Excellent report. As a UF journalism school grad, I was pleasantly surprised to see the media engaged in some "random acts of journalism." That is, they were fair in their reporting.
Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while
 

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Thanks for the support, everyone. Even if you're not in college anymore, remember this ban applies to faculty and visitors as well, so people who work on campus or even stop to drop off an assignment are disarmed from the time they leave the house in the morning to the time they get home at night.

Don't let your (grand)sons' and (grand)daughters' safety be subject to the arbitrary "defense-free zones" established by legislators and administrators who think that disarming the law-abiding will keep them safe. :banghead
I dont know about students, but those of us who work there are not left defenseless going home or coming to work..count on it:)
 

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tchick, throughout the day on Thursday we had about 8-10 students show up to help us table, but due to classes and meetings, we usually had 2-4 there at any given time handing out flyers and answering questions. I believe we gave out somewhere in the range of 500 flyers, and talked to 20-30 students in depth about the movement. We've gotten a pretty good spike in membership on our Facebook group because of it, and now we're trying to find a way to mobilize our followers to make more of an impact.
 
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