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UNF student at center of gun fight pleased with ruling

(Russ Pyne)
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Updated: 12/12/2013 4:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A day after the 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the University of North Florida's policy regarding weapons in vehicles, the plaintiff in the suit said she was pleased with the ruling.

"I felt that it was important to stand up for it and see it through so that the students are allowed to have the opportunity," said Alexandria Lainez, who joined with Florida Carry in the lawsuit.

Lainez filed suit in October 2011, saying the university's policy forbidding those on campus from storing weapons in their cars on campus violated state law and infringed on constitutional rights. A Duval County court sided with the university, but the appeals ruled against the university this week.

"There are many times that if I do go to campus, you're leaving late, very early, traveling," she said. "You never know what could happen, campus to home or vice versa. So it's important to be able to carry your gun when you go with you. It's something I feel is protection."

UNF officials are reviewing their legal options in light of the ruling, according to a university spokesperson.
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