Welcome to Florida Students for Concealed Carry

by Zachary Zalneraitis on 21 February 2012

Florida has historically been a state friendly to the idea of keeping and bearing arms. In 1987, it was the first state to enact ‘shall-issue’ concealed carry licensing procedures, and its Constitution states in Article 1, section 8, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.”

In the 2011 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 234 was proposed to allow licensed, of-age individuals the option of carrying concealed firearms on campus, just as they can almost everywhere else in their lives. Unfortunately, due to organized opposition from university administrations and police departments coupled with a lack of grassroots support from campuses, the campus carry provision was removed in committee.

After witnessing the gross misrepresentation on college campuses during the debate and the lack of action from proponents, many campus chapters started organizing and recruiting. With help from groups like Florida Carry, Inc. and long time advocates like former NRA President Marion Hammer, the student organizations grew in size while developing plans to educate the public about campus carry issues and dispel myths.

Florida Students for Concealed Carry

As of spring 2012, we have chapters at five major universities in the state with close to 1,000 members. They are staging events such as empty holster protests, campus carry debates and NRA-University. Utilizing resources from advocacy training groups such as the Leadership Institute, they are bringing campus carry to the forefront of discussions, from student government debates to campus newspapers.

Our goal is to use education and training not only to change laws in Florida to allow campus carry, but to broaden the acceptance of the idea of lawfully armed citizens in the university community and promote awareness and safe behaviors as well. We care for the safety and well-being of our friends, families and colleagues and seek to enhance it through our efforts.

Join us, and Florida will join Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin in allowing students, faculty and visitors to take responsibility for their safety and well-being.