Florida Session Adjourns as Guns on Campus Legislation Fails for Third Consecutive Year
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2017
Important Victory Comes on Heals of Georgia Becoming 11th State to
Force Loaded, Concealed Weapons on Campus
Tallahassee, FL. — Minutes ago, the Florida Legislature adjourned without passing legislation in the Senate and House that would have forced Florida’s public colleges and universities to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry virtually anywhere on campus.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus (The Campaign), along with coalition partners that included the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, the Association of Florida Colleges, as well as faculty, student government associations and campus groups all advocated in opposition to help defeat guns on campus legislation for the third year in a row.
Kathryn Grant, Director, State Affairs for The Campaign stated, “As a result of the hard work of campus community stakeholders, and a united bi-artisan effort in the Florida Legislature, five bills that would have severely compromised the safety and well-being of faculty, students, staff, and college administrators have failed. Florida’s colleges and universities will now not only maintain their top national rankings, but our state’s academic leaders can continue to work towards realizing an important goal of fostering the best public higher educational institutions in the country.”
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director of The Campaign closed by saying, “Given that Arkansas and Georgia have signed dangerous legislation to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed weapons in many places on campus, today’s defeat of campus carry in Florida is a major victory for campus communities across the state. We would be remiss for not acknowledging the bi-partisan opposition in the Florida State Senate that paved the way for the demise of this wrongheaded policy once again this year.”
# # #
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO KEEP GUNS OFF CAMPUS
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus was founded in 2008 to urge colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push loaded, concealed guns onto college campuses. To date, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and more than 420 colleges and universities in 42 states have joined the Campaign. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Kathryn Grant, State Affairs Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director, email@example.com (914-629-6726)