Florida college reverses no-gun policy on campus in wake of school shooting


Police responded Thursday to the shooting at Eastern Florida State College / Photo credit: News-Press.com

Following a shooting in a parking lot at Eastern Florida State College, school officials took an unusual step — they are now allowing guns back on campus.

The shooting occurred Thursday, when a student was brutally attacked by two men near his car. The student, Landrick Hamilton, 24, was able to retrieve his firearm from inside his vehicle and shot one of the men in the chest, according to Orlando NBC affiliate WESH.

The man who was shot, Amado Contreras, 25, was hospitalized and is listed in fair condition.

At the time of the incident, firearms were not allowed on campus. The college announced Tuesday that it was now reversing its no-gun policy in the wake of the shooting, as long as weapons are kept secure and out of sight inside cars.

Eastern Florida’s students have largely applauded the change.

“I saw the guy getting beat down,” student Rio Gonzalez told WESH. “The gun practically saved his life.”

“If someone feels like they’re in harm’s way, they have the right to defend themselves as citizens,” student Trevaria Cole agreed.

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Although he was in violation of school policy at the time of the shooting, Hamilton will not be punished, according to WMFE radio.

“We’re glad to work with him to get him back going in his studies,” college spokesman John Glisch said. “He remains a full-time student, and he’s not facing any type of disciplinary action.”

The college’s policy change, not yet finalized, was also prompted by the threat of a lawsuit, according to WMFE, which reported:

Meanwhile the gun rights group Florida Carry filed a Lawsuit Monday challenging the college’s policy prohibiting guns on campus.

Glisch says the college was already working on a policy change to bring it in line with a ruling from a case involving Florida Carry and the University of North Florida.

Watch the news report via WESH.


  • ooddballz

    Glad he was able to save himself, but information is lacking.
    Why was he getting beaten? Was it a robbery? A drug deal gone bad? Did he owe money?

    More info please.

    • nonstopca

      Are you saying it would be OK for the two to beat him to death — If he owed them money?

      • ooddballz

        No, I am saying I would like more info for the REASON they were beating him.

        Having read further on this matter, it seems all 3 people are claiming self defense. From the way the story is written, I do not (personally) believe the student was the aggressor, I am saying we need more FACTS.

        • petulantes

          Does it matter? When you attack someone they have the right to defend.
          He was being hurt, beaten. and he fought back with an equalizer

          • Jay A Nokay

            A gun is no “equalizer”

            While I believe in self defense, and even in “Lethal” self defense, let’s not kid ourselves, a gun is a F’IN trump card, not an equalizer. =]

          • geektinker

            The possibility of such a trump card should the a reason anyone willing to get physically aggressive should think twice about their actions.

        • allan

          More facts would be in appreciated just to have all the facts; No one has the right to attack and beat on a person; and gang style is even worse; I myself am a firm believer everyone should be armed and instructed in the proper use of both the hand gun (firearm) and the (long arms) (rifles) due to the rifling of their barrels that help to stabilize the path of the projectile (bullet)
          Now for the IGNORANT ones out there (gun) word is the slang term for the
          (firearm) and (gun) is used for the black connotation that it projects in an article;

          • Josef Roesler

            Good thing we have your expert advice to rely on here. BTW, handgun barrels ARE rifled. And rifles ARE firearms. Who’s ignorant now?

          • barnesjr

            You got it Josef: most handguns are rifled and quite accurate.

    • Peggy Joseph


      • disqus_44JbsFzgKV

        I only wish she used that comment in response to why she acted without POTUS and defended our guys. Instead of doing nothing and trying to defend that. I would gladly give 100 Hillarys for any one of those four men.

  • ¿ɟʇʍ

    Quote from the article:
    “The man who was shot, Amado Contreras, 25, was hospitalized and is listed in fatal condition”
    So…….he’s dead.
    Why not just say that?

    • Doug

      He’s been upgraded to fair.

      • MSG L

        fairly dead?

    • John Campbell

      It says “……. is listed in fair condition.”

    • Willard

      I think that typo is only in the inforwars.com article.

    • Jon Kelley

      Yeah, I’m wondering about that myself. Then again, I’ve been listed a couple times as “Fatal, but not serious.”

      I am in agreement with a point previously given – while everyone has the right to protect themselves using appropriate means, what caused this incident?

      (And yes, I am aware of things like random racially-motivated assault & battery, that asinine “knockout game” [referred to as “King punch” in Australia] and the like. So, yeah, knowing the motivation for the incident would be useful…)

  • Lester Peoples

    Students are showing signs of being educated in Florida anyway’
    when it comes to saving ones own life!

  • MSG L

    Kudos to the school for changing policy and again for not allowing the student to be charged for defending himself.

  • pjk40

    “The college announced Tuesday that it was now reversing its no-gun policy in the wake of the shooting, as long as weapons are kept secure and out of sight inside cars”. . . .

    So the student’s right to defend themselves depends on them being close to their vehicle? Not good enough.

    • John Campbell

      I’m sure there’s a campus policy that states assailants must allow time for their victim to unlock their car, unlock whatever contains their firearm, and retrieve it for self defense use.

      • Ken

        makes perfect sense lmao

      • pen44

        That’ll help…..sarc/off

    • Old Wolf

      “Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242: Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law

      This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

      This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.

      Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws,
      statutes ordinances, or customs.
      Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.”

      This particular law includes civil actions taken to deprive the right to keep and bear arms. The previous was directly from the FBI civil rights page.

      Among the rights intended by the drafter was the right to ‘keep and carry arms wherever they went’ as defined in the privileges and immunities section under the Dred Scott decision, in order to overturn the decision at the establishment of the 13th amendment. When the Taney Court (also the creator of the Dred Scott case) declared a lack of power to enact the 1866 civil rights act, the states, and congress, passed the 14th amendment, and reestablished it.

      And, of course, the state cannot enforce contracts that they cannot do directly. Shelley v. Kraemer said that the state acts via its executive,its legislative, or its judicial branches, and in no other manner. The enforcement of a contract to violate protected rights, privileges, or immunities is also directly under this title.

      • Debby Ward

        but you have to remember..our govt does not care about following the laws of the land. Its as they see fit..

        • Old Wolf

          And, sadly, that’s what the situation was when the law was enacted. Government agencies were acting lawlessly. They were engaged outside of both law, the constitution, and authority.
          That was the original purpose of the second amendment, as stated somewhat less than succintly in the Amistad case by Justice Story.

          It was reiterated in Justice Story’s 1833 book on the Constitution and Laws of the United States.

          “But in the next place, (and it is that which would furnish a case of most difficulty and danger, though it may be fairly be presumed to be of rare occurrence,) if the Legislative, executive, and judicial departments should all concur in a gross usurpation, there is still a peaceable remedy provided by the constitution. It is the power of amendment, which may be always applied at the will of three fourths of the states. If, therefore, there should be a corrupt cooperation of three fourths of the states for permanent usurpation, (a case not to be supposed, or if supposed,
          differs not at all in the principle or redress from the case of a majority of a nation or state having the same intent,) the case is certainly irremediable under any known forms of the constitution. The states may now, by constitutional amendment, with few limitations, change the whole structure and powers of the government, and legalize any present excess of power. And the general right of the society in other cases to change the government at the will of the majority of the whole people, in any manner, that may suit its pleasure, is undisputed, and seems undisputable. If there be any remedy at all for the minority in such a case, it is a remedy never provided for by human institutions. It is a resort to the ultimate right of all human beings in extreme
          cases to resist oppression, and to apply force against ruinous injustice.”

          The same principles came forward through the self-defense cases.
          Is it any wonder they wish a disarmed, cowed populace? The people are the font of authority from which the law flows, and it cannot lawfully, or legitimately, invoke power that they cannot have, or are forbidden.

          But we sit here idle, quiet and content with our own slavery too often… for what else can it be when others may determine the whole force and shapeof the way you must live, the products you must buy, license your marriages, license your business and livelihoods, your exercise of your own rights over your own property?
          Those were the powers of slavery, though we don’t have the whips and chains. The power to destroy, to seize, to transfer and alienate, the power to seize any increase from the slave’s labor, and the ownership over all property created by the slave without hearing, trial, or recourse.
          As of today, we may be killed, or imprisoned at the whim of the executive, without trial or hearing.
          What more valuable property can there be but our lives and freedom? Without that, none of the rest has meaning.

    • petulantes

      Keep in cars and advertise it to boot. THATS asking for it !

    • Lee Smith

      Just remember that the car is the first place criminals will look for items to steal IE more guns in the hands of criminals if you ask me. A better policy would be like what we have here in Oregon no public school (community & state colleges are public buildings) can ban/deny a CHL holder from caring his/her weapon.

  • 2a247

    Why did the other attacker run off?

    • John Campbell

      Sudden case of Montezuma’s revenge?

    • acers2

      To finish c raping his pants.

  • tom2

    It’s good news but a week old. In view of all the gun control hysteria, I’d have thought this would be the lead on lefty media. No such luck. The LA Times last week carried a short article but nothing about the criminals, their motives, their backgrounds, their residences, nothing. The silence on these obvious journalistic questions suggest the lefties are hiding something that might damage their socialist cause.

  • RHLee

    Kept in their cars? Little good that will do if one is not in handy-dandy access to their car. I’m sure the thieves will take advantage tho.

    Open carry should be the minimum acceptable solution.

  • acers2

    If you don’t own one, get one along with training. Could well be the best investment you make in this life. With out one and training, could well be the worst mistake of your life. Get a gun and learn how to use it safely.

    • Lee Smith

      Obama and the Democratic party should get the salesmen of the year award for all the gun sales they have made over the last 5 years.

      • acers2

        You have that right, Lee. I know my collection has grown along with my practice and ammo, Also started to reload our ammo again. Can’t be to prepared in these times.

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    • obadiahlynch

      Way to stay classy.. yeaaaa

      • JOEL714


        • obadiahlynch

          The capitals help too. You go, Bizpackers!

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