Group wants dorm guns to be next campus craze

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Group wants dorm guns to be next campus craze

A Tallahassee appeals court on Tuesday heard from the group Florida Carry, Inc., which asserted that people who dwell on the University of Florida campus deserve to have their Second Amendment rights honored, reports the News Service of Florida.

Because students living in dorms ought to be able to defend themselves against burglars seeking to rob them of their ramen and $900 textbooks.

Guns are banned on college campuses in Florida despite attempts by state lawmakers to pass bills allowing concealed carry on institutional grounds. The unnamed activists arguing their case hope to change that, at least for those residing on campus.

"All we are saying is that the right to possess a firearm in one's home is fundamental," said Florida Carry attorney Lesley McKinney after the hearing. "Regardless of where one's home is, it's still their home."

Attorney Barry Richard, representing UF, argued that if a student wants to own a gun so damned badly, he or she can easily live off campus.

"If you want to be in an environment, or you want your child to be in an environment, in which you have the security and peace-of-mind of knowing there are no guns permitted, then you place them in university housing," Richard told the judges. "If you feel strongly that you want your child or an adult student feels they want a weapon, they can live in non-university housing. I know of no provision at the University of Florida, or any other school, any longer, that requires a student to live on campus."

On campus. Where some people play beer pong and guzzle Fireball until they black out, waking up the next morning not knowing where they are or whose blood is on them. Where others face profound stress as they try to pass upcoming exams, find rare jobs that will allow them to pay off their crippling student loan debt and figure out what the hell to do with the rest of their lives.

Nope, don't see anything going wrong there.

The News Service's Jim Turner writes that the three-judge panel presiding over the case seemed at tad, er, "skeptica,l" and did not offer a timeline in which it would issue an opinion.

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