Senate candidate Randy Fine wants college students to start carrying guns

'It's time for Jewish students to start carrying.'

A current state Representative and Senate candidate says that recent antisemitic incidents at universities mean that it’s time for students to bring their gats and pistols along with laptops and books.

“It’s time for Jewish students to start carrying. Next Session, I will introduce legislation to end universities as gun-free zones and provide funding for students who want to learn how to carry safely. It is time to #StandOurGround,” asserts Rep. Randy Fine.

The proposal is particularly audacious given that Florida banned gun purchases for people under the age of 21 in the wake of the mass murder by a former student at a high school in Parkland in 2018. Many college and university students are under the age of 21, raising questions as to how they might legally buy firearms. The exceptions to this rule are law enforcement and members of the military.

Fine, currently the only Jewish Republican in the House, has been outspoken about issues involving antisemitism even before the backlash against Israel’s response to the Hamas attacks of October 2023.

He notably was one of the few Republicans in Tallahassee to endorse former President Donald Trump over Gov. Ron DeSantis early in the 2024 presidential race. Fine had an issue with what he called DeSantis’ “quietness around the rise of Nazism” and the Governor’s insistence that neo-Nazis assembling in Florida may not be “real.”

Fine has also been willing to take on Democrats, including during a pitched debate last fall over a fellow legislator’s resolution to urge an Israeli cease-fire in its ongoing assault on Hamas.

Sen. Rick Scott, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and Wilton Simpson, who helms Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, have endorsed Fine. What’s clear is that if elected to the Senate in 2024, Fine will lead off with one of the most controversial gun bills in some time.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 23, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    There they go again. Now colleges and universities will have to be “fortified” like high schools. Turn ’em all into effective prisons, Randy. That’ll work just Fine. Because prisons are the safest places in the USA right Randy? Right? Randy? Randy??

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 23, 2024 at 6:36 pm

      DSF, i’m ok with it as long as randy fine walks around campus with a shirt that say’s i’m randy fine, in HUGE letters.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 8:59 am

        Ehhh I dunno, Rick. You know how Florida G0Ps like to diddle kids.

        I have no specific information about Mr Perfectly Fine having any desires to diddle kids. Nevertheless I am very certain I would not want Mr Fine around kids.

        Randy Fine is a Florida G0P, after all, and as they say, you’re known by the company you keep.

        His name is even RANDY, for Dog’s sake. I say let’s keep him far, far away from kids.

        If Mr Fine would like to walk around a real prison wearing that shirt, I could get on board with that.

    • Rich7553

      April 24, 2024 at 11:42 am

      How does armed adults constitute a prison, where only agents of the government are armed?

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 2:49 pm

        It’s the doors all being locked, the fences, the razor wire, the surveillance, everybody got a cell phone but they’re not allowed, some folks got guns, and most customers are there against their will. That’s how schools are very much like prisons. Was that really difficult? Or are you a troll who tries t derail people from topics you’re instructed to derail?

  • Tom

    April 23, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    Every village needs it’s idiot I guess. Do we really want college kids out doing shots while they’re walking around with guns – spring break would turn into more of a warzone than it is already.

    • Rich7553

      April 24, 2024 at 11:50 am

      What stops them from doing that now?

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 2:53 pm

        If they did it now, they would be outlaws who, if caught, would be expelled from university and in trouble with The Law.

        Rich7553, are you special or something? Why no comprendo very obvious shit?

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 23, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    Uhhh have I missed all the violent physical attacks against Jewish students? Is the media keeping the blood gore and life threatening assaults a secret? Most I’ve seen is hate speech, nasty vitriol for sure, but now ya gotta be strapped to go to a frat party? Randy must not have visited a campus lately. Come on kids, put down your books and pick up a gun, we’re gonna have a whole lotta fun! My college days were about sex drugs and rock and roll. Peace and Make Love, Not War. Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end..

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 23, 2024 at 7:53 pm

      Those days did end, as they must. In today’s world, three Semitic (Palestinian) college students on vacation in New England are shot by a deranged citizen with a rifle. One of the young men is paralyzed. So, the madness and violence is out there, and young people are squaring off. Sanctioning more firearms on campus seems counter-productive to me. I’d rather spend money for metal detectors and keep the firearms from where students congregate.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      April 24, 2024 at 9:05 am

      Elise Stefanik said campus protests are the same as bullying.

      Randy Fine is running with that.


      It’s the G0P’s core tenet that drives all G0P policy including Unelected House SPeaker Trump’s shooting down the bipartisan border bill that would have created real and lasting change at the US Southern border vs executive orders than can be changed as needed to keep construction CEOs, farming CEOs, lawn service CEOs, housekeeping CEOs and 2A Industry Titans happy: “Sell More and More Guns and Ammo Evermore”

  • PeterH

    April 23, 2024 at 9:43 pm

    Tennessee passed legislation this evening that public school teachers and staff can conceal carry loaded handguns AND PARENTS AND OTHER TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE NOT TO BE INFORMED ON WHO IS CARRYING!

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 23, 2024 at 10:21 pm

      The MAGA urge to double down on their errors will lead to their eventual downfall, but not before they have created the chaos their followers want but their so-called leaders imagine can be confined due to their above-average intellects. NOT!

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 24, 2024 at 8:54 am

      School shooting are allowed by the GOP to continue unabated while they suggest “more guns in schools” as their “solution” yet that solution is actually a solution to the problem of “how do we funnel more money from public schools to the private and/or charter schools whose lobbyists tell us to funnel more students to them”

      GOPs do offer solutions, but their solutions are always for some problem other than the problem they claim to solve.

      Guns in public schools is about profits for privately owned schools. And that, folks, is Todays’ G0P. That’s all, folks.

  • My Take

    April 24, 2024 at 5:52 am

    Allowing Jewish students on campus to arm allows–in a free America– Black, and Muslim, and (heaven forfend!) even Black Muslim students to similarly arm. Is Fine fine with this?

    • ScienceBLVR

      April 24, 2024 at 8:56 am

      Right on brothers and sisters!
      Guns DO kill people- that’s a fact!
      Love is but a song to sing
      Fear’s the way we die
      You can make the mountains ring
      Or make the angels cry
      Though the bird is on the wing
      And you may not know why
      Come on people now
      Smile on your brother
      Everybody get together
      Try to love one another
      Right now right now right now

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 24, 2024 at 8:56 am

      Probably too late for good sense to reign. Example: Last week police in Jacksonville Beach pulled over a car with two men inside for a traffic stop and found seven (7) loaded handguns.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 24, 2024 at 11:15 am

        It’s never too late as long as the cops have a dog that, whenever that dog sits down, that’s as good as a court ordered warrant for those cops to enter whatever the dog sat down outside of.

        My difficulty is in understanding why we even have human judges with legal expertise. They’re very expensive, but their jobs can be done by dogs. No comprendo!

  • Rich7553

    April 24, 2024 at 11:52 am

    What stops them from doing that now?

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 24, 2024 at 3:10 pm

      2A extremists?

  • KathrynA

    April 24, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    Good grief, we need more violence on college campuses? Just what you need to have in dorms, classrooms? And why, especially, Jewish students. I’m not antisemitic, but why are they the ones who especially should have them? I see Blacks and Latinos are targeted often in hate crimes. Why don’t we ratchet things down and share respect and tolerance for others? Randy Fine seems to like promoting evil and chaos and intolerance. Why is he still in these positions of influence?

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