Two students were robbed at gunpoint on August 16 in a parking lot on the campus of Florida State University, just months after a schedule for a hearing was denied that would allow conceal carry on the college campus.
“As the students walked near the lot, a white pickup truck or SUV pulled close to them in the street. A male exited from the passenger side armed with a handgun and demanded the students’ belongings,” WTXL reported. “The students complied and the male, along with the driver of the vehicle drove west, fleeing the area. The students were not physically injured.”
FSU police said that the description of the driver of the vehicle is unknown and the passenger of the vehicle is described as “male, black, about 19-20 years old, approximately 5’8” tall, about 150 pounds, and wearing white t-shirt. Hair was styled as short “twist” dreadlocks. Armed with black handgun.”
Florida Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami announced in February that he would not create a hearing that would allow concealed weapons on any college campuses.
“We’re not going to hear campus carry,” Diaz de la Portilla told the Herald Tribune. “I think there are better ways to address the issue of campus safety and security. I think the dangers outweigh the potential and perceived benefits of passing a bill.”
In 2014, three students were shot by a gunman at the school’s campus library. Campus police killed the shooter, but according to Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, an Army combat veteran, a conceal carry permit holder, was at the library and had a “clear shot at the shooter” but was unable to carry his gun because of the school’s campus carry ban.