Firearms prohibited on campus

UPD Chief Linda Stump-Kurnick
July 3, 2023

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: 

I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with accurate information about the new “permitless carry” law that went into effect on Saturday. 
To clarify, possession of a firearm at the University of Florida, and at all other colleges and universities in Florida, is still prohibited. 

Under this new Florida law, gun owners no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. However, the law did not change regarding where a person can and cannot carry a firearm. It also did not change regarding who can purchase or carry one: Only those who are legally eligible can do so. 

If you own a firearm and intend to carry without a permit, I urge you to familiarize yourself with Florida laws regarding weapons and firearms. Willful ignorance is not a defense. 

Owning a firearm is a considerable responsibility. Carrying one is even more consequential. 

Please do your part in helping us keep our campus safe.  

Linda Stump-Kurnick
Chief of Police
University of Florida Police Department 
Assistant Vice President of Public and Environmental Safety