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Court ruling raises questions about Fla. campus gun policies

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A Florida university can't ban people from keeping guns in their cars on campus, according to a ruling by the Florida First District Court of Appeals.

The ruling in the case involving the University of North Florida and a student who wanted to have a gun in her car on campus raises questions for other Florida schools – including the University of South Florida – which have similar rules.

"The policy at USF is under review at this point based on the appellate decision," said USF Police Lt. Chris Daniel.

However, Daniel said USF's policy hasn't changed and will still be enforced unless the school gets new guidance from legislation, a Florida Supreme Court opinion or the state attorney's office.

USF does not allow guns on campus, including in vehicles parked on campus.

"We are going to continue to enforce it as it stands," Daniel said.

UNF also says its policy remains in place as it reviews the opinion and discusses options with its attorneys. The school has not said whether it will appeal the decision.

In the ruling, the court said the policy of banning firearms from being kept in vehicles on campus was illegal and unenforceable. The court also rejected the UNF's argument that it could regulate firearms based on a law involving "school districts."

The said UNF does not qualify as a "school district."

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