A Florida license to carry a concealed firearm does not authorize a person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed firearm into:

  • Any elementary or secondary school administration building;
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility;
  • Any area technical center or career center;
  • Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms; or
  • Any college or university facility.1

Florida law also prohibits a person who is trespassing on school property from possessing a firearm. “School property” means the grounds or facility of any kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public or nonpublic.2

School districts in Florida must each adopt a student code of conduct that includes notice that possession of a firearm by any student while on school property or in attendance at a school function may result in disciplinary action and criminal prosecution.3 School districts may also adopt written and published policies that prohibit the possession of concealed firearms within the interior of a private vehicle for the purposes of student and campus parking privileges.4

Florida law gives the board of trustees of a community college the authority to place restrictions on access to firearms on community college-owned or controlled buildings and grounds.5 The board of trustees of a state university has similar authority, as developed through the guidelines of the Board of Governors of the State University System.6

See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Fla. Stat. § 790.06(12). ⤴︎
  2. Fla. Stat. § 810.095. ⤴︎
  3. Fla. Stat. § 1006.07(2)(g), (k). See also Fla. Stat. § 1006.13(3)(a) (mandating expulsion for students who possess a firearm at school). ⤴︎
  4. Fla. Stat. § 790.115(2)(a)(3). “School” means any preschool, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public or private. Id. ⤴︎
  5. Fla. Stat. § 1001.64(5). ⤴︎
  6. Fla. Stat. §§ 1001.706(7)(b). ⤴︎