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FORT MEYERS, Florida (WBBH) -- Even during finals week, the parking lot at Florida Gulf Coast University is full. Campus officers are on patrol for routine checks that includes looking for guns.

"As long as they're not being used for the wrong purposes, then it's not a big deal," said FGCU student Raquel Madrigal.

It's not a big deal for Madrigal to let students leave guns inside of cars. That idea soon may be allowed on FGCU and every other state public college.

"If we have to amend the regulation, we will. I don't see it as a great safety concern," said FGCU Police Chief Steven Moore.

A court of appeals ruling states, "a state university is powerless to prohibit students from bringing firearms to school."

It was handed down Tuesday in Tallahassee after a University of North Florida student argued to keep her gun inside of her car.

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