Patrick, the current firearms prohibition at the UF Gainesville campus apparently was initiated by the Florida Board of Governors in 2003 with some amendments by the UF Board of Trustees in later years. After the Constitutional Amendments that affected the University systems in Florida the Board of Governors had direct cognizance but later the the Boards of Trustees of the individual universities had responsibility for these matters (that is to the best of my knowledge). Below is the current firearm prohibition that I could locate that affects UF Gainesville. I believe there may be similar prohibitions relating to the grounds of other universitities. Not unexpectedly, the rules and exceptions set forth by the legislature create some impractical situations. I also note that Gutmacher in the latest edition (changes through this year) indicates that there is no case law directly on point. Let me know if this is helpful.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
6C1-2.001 Possession and Use of Firearms.
(1) The possession of firearms on the University campus or any land or property occupied by the University of Florida is prohibited..
(a) The University "campus" is defined for purposes of this regulation to include those lands located in the City of Gainesville, Florida, occupied by the University of Florida, and bounded generally by 13th Street on the East, University Avenue on the North, 34th Street on the West and Archer Road on the South, including premises occupied by fraternities and sororities officially recognized by the University.
(b) The term "firearm" is defined for the purposes of this regulation to have the same meaning set forth in Section 790.001(6), Florida Statutes, provided “firearm” shall also include antique firearms.
(3) Notwithstanding the foregoing, firearms are permitted under the following limited circumstances:
(a) Campus residents are permitted to store firearms in an area designated by the University Police at the University Police Station only. Firearms in transit to the Police Station for storage shall enter the campus at the intersection of 13th Street and Museum Road and be taken directly and immediately to the Police Station. Firearms in transit from the Police Station shall be removed from the campus directly and immediately along the same route. Firearms must be unloaded when on the University campus, whether in storage or in transit to or from storage. Authorization must be acquired from the University Police for possession of the firearm while traveling between the storage facility and the campus perimeter. Possession of a firearm anywhere else on campus is prohibited.
(b) Those presently authorized to possess firearms on the campus are members of governmental agencies authorized by law to possess firearms, the University Police, members of University Rifle Teams, the University’s armored car vendor, and the staff of the Florida State Museum when the firearms are a part of the museum collection and are for the exhibit purposes or used in specimen collection.
(c) ROTC cadets may drill with unloaded rifles which have the firing pin removed when under the supervision of ROTC officers and cadre. Members of the Rifle Teams are authorized to have possession of their firearms only when under the supervision of ROTC cadre personnel on the firing range or in the ROTC Armory.
(d) The following persons are authorized to possess firearms at Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Research and Education Centers:
1. Deputized law enforcement officers living at a center who are issued a firearm as part of their employment;
2. Employees engaged in properly permitted wildlife depredation activities carried out to protect research projects being conducted at a center; and
3. Employees temporarily residing at a center, provided the firearm is kept unloaded, equipped with a trigger lock, and locked in a secured location in the residence. In addition to any specific requirements set forth above, firearms shall be handled, used and stored in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. A Center director shall be notified prior to any firearm being brought onto Center property and
2 shall have the right to prohibit or limit the use, handling or storage of firearms at the Center for the safety of persons at the Center.
(e) Individuals participating in approved firearms education programs conducted on properties designated for 4-H use may utilize firearms on the property, provided firearms shall be handled, used and stored in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The program coordinator or property manager shall have the right to prohibit or limit the use, handling or storage of firearms on properties designated for 4-H use for the safety of persons on the property.
(f) Should it be necessary or desirable for the use of firearms in any of the academic programs of the University, then permission for such use must be applied for and granted by the Provost or designee, Vice President for Business Affairs and the Chief of Police of the University Police Department.
(5) Any student or employee, including faculty, administration, and staff members, shall be immediately suspended for violation of this regulation. When required under applicable university disciplinary regulations or provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, such a suspension shall be interim in nature until a proper hearing can be held by the appropriate hearing body to determine the facts and circumstances of the violation.
Specific Authority: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003.
History--New 9-29-75, Formerly 6C1-2.01, Amended 9-16-99, 3-31-06, 3-14-08.