Appeals Court to Hear FSU 'Game Day' Case

Florida State University
Posted at 11:05 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 11:05:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - A state appeals court will hear arguments June 13 in a dispute that started after Florida State University included gun-related inform  ation in a 2015 football "game day" guide for fans.

The 1st District Court of Appeal last week agreed to hear the case filed by the Second Amendment group Florida Carry, according to an online docket. Florida Carry is challenging a ruling last year by Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson in favor of the university.

Florida Carry and Bekah Hargrove, executive director of Florida Students for Concealed Carry, filed the lawsuit because the FSU football "Game Day Plan 2015," a 28-page information packet sent out by campus police, advised visitors that firearms couldn't be stored in vehicles parked on campus.

Florida Carry and Hargrove argued the guide failed to follow a 2013 appeals-court ruling that said the University of North Florida could not prevent firearms from being stowed in cars.

After Florida Carry filed the lawsuit, FSU updated the guide and acknowledged the information hadn't been changed earlier to reflect the 2013 ruling.

Dodson in May ruled against Florida Carry, saying the issue became moot when FSU updated the guide.