This story is a great reminder that public colleges must respect your first amendment rights on campus, even if they disapprove of your message. If campus officials try to shut down your event, don’t be afraid to ask your state or regional director for help. Sometimes, as in this case, all it takes is a simple letter reminding them of their obligations to clear the way for a peaceful protest:

GAINESVILLE, Fla., February 11, 2013—Prompted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Florida’s Santa Fe College acknowledged the importance of free speech last week by affirming a student organization’s right to symbolically protest in support of gun rights on campus. When the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter at Santa Fe College met with opposition to the protest from campus police, the group turned to FIRE for help.

“Campus police can be skittish when students use their First Amendment rights to advocate for controversial policies,” said FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley. “We’re glad that Santa Fe College quickly realized that the First Amendment protects all political opinions on campus regardless of viewpoint.”

On January 9, at a meeting of Santa Fe’s Student Government Senate, YAL representative Adam Edwards announced YAL’s intention to hold an empty holster protest on the Santa Fe campus. Empty holster protests, in which students wear empty gun holsters to symbolically protest laws prohibiting students from carrying concealed handguns on campus, have been held peacefully and without incident on dozens of campuses in recent years and constitute protected political expression.

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Fire Up the Crowd!

by Zachary Zalneraitis on 7 February 2013

With the current political climate and the occurrence of several pro-2nd Amendment rallies, events and news stories lately, we felt it necessary to issue some guidance on how to participate in these activities, should you wish to do so.

As an organization, Students for Concealed Carry focuses solely on the issue of concealed carry on college campuses. We do not hold an official position on issues such as open carry, Constitutional (unlicensed) carry, carry on K-12 campuses, or the “assault weapons” ban.

However, we are at heart a group whose argument is founded under the protections granted by the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution (and article 1, section 8 of Florida’s Constitution). If these protections are removed, our arguments essentially become useless.

Therefore, I encourage participation in 2nd Amendment events as members of Students for Concealed Carry. If questioned about our stances on any of these other issues, say that we support the right to keep and bear arms, but we are solely focused on restoring the option of effective self-defense on college campuses.

If you wish to participate and express support for other issues, we recommend contacting a broader based state level group such as Florida Carry, Inc, but that you don’t act as a representative of our group when making those statements and be aware of how statements and actions can be correlated and perceived.


Breaking Down the Myths

September 2, 2012

With classes starting again across the state, our campus chapters are organizing, expanding and encountering new students who, understandingly, are hesitant to accept the idea of decriminalizing concealed carry on campus. At the same time, many members of our group are not necessarily confident with the arguments needed to educate people and dispel myths. Many […]

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Nikki Goeser

July 19, 2012

Florida Students for Concealed Carry would like to congratulate Nikki Goeser  for winning the NRA’s Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award. Other recipients of the prestigious award include Florida’s Marion Hammer and Ohio’s Linda Walker. Ms. Goeser’s late husband, Ben Goeser, fell victim to an illegally armed stalker in April 2009. He was murdered in front […]

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Guest Post – Carry Always

July 12, 2012

Guest Post by Walter Vosburgh. Mr. Vosburgh is a South Florida campus carry and 2nd Amendment supporter. He is a US Navy veteran as well as a former Deputy Sheriff. While Mr. Vosburgh’s views do not represent an official position of Florida Students for Concealed Carry, his opinions and advice are held in the highest […]

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MAIG Emails Shed Light

June 13, 2012

I know I just told you about the Mayors Against Illegal Guns infiltrating local governments just yesterday, but Florida Carry‘s Freedom of Information Act request just came back with a stack of emails from Linda Vaughn, the MAIG representative employed by the city of Orlando. Needless to say, these emails are both revealing and unsettling notes […]

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Local Government Opposition

June 11, 2012

Local governments and school administrations can be a touchy subject when dealing with firearms reforms. On one hand, they could provide valuable support when approaching state lawmakers to propose changes such as removing defense-free zones on college campuses. On the other hand, they could and usually do stand in stubborn opposition to changes, especially those […]

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Two Stories

May 15, 2012

Every day individuals become victims of violent crimes. They don’t expect to be victimized, often they are in the places where they feel safest. The effects of such an attack can resonate long after the physical injuries have healed. Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus was able to interview two brave young men who survived […]

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Selling your group

April 23, 2012

We’re going to take a break from talking about campus carry for a bit so we can have a discussion about spreading your message and influencing your audience. If you’re going to effect change in any issue, it’s not enough to simply exist as an organization and talk out into space. You have to make […]

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Guest Post – The Reality of Restrictive Gun Laws

April 17, 2012

This post was borrowed from Florida Second Amendment supporter Adam Stack regarding the flaws surrounding gun control laws. Guest posts do not necessarily represent the official position of Florida Students for Concealed Carry, but we believe they provide good alternate perspectives. If you would like to contribute a guest article to this blog, feel free […]

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