9.5.1 Weapons on Campus

Policy TrackingDate
ApprovedJanuary 12, 2004
RevisedFebruary 4, 2015

  1. It is unlawful for any person to possess, or carry, whether openly or concealed any gun, rifle, pistol, dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, powerful explosive, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles or any other weapon of like kind, in any College building or vehicle or otherwise on any College property.

    The aforementioned prohibition will not apply to the following limited circumstances:

    1. The firearm is a handgun;
      1. the individual has a valid concealed handgun permit or is exempt from the law requiring a permit;
      2. the handgun remains in either a closed compartment or container within the individual with the permit’s locked vehicle or a locked container securely affixed to the individual with the permit’s locked vehicle;
      3. the vehicle is only unlocked when the individual with the permit is entering or exiting the vehicle; and
      4. the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times.
    2. The weapon is used solely for educational or College sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a College approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult, whose supervision has been approved by the College.
    3. Fire fighters, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service personnel, and any private police employed by the College, when acting in the discharge of their official duties.
    4. Those persons exempted by N.C.G.S. § 14-269(b) including, but not limited to
      1. civil and law enforcement officers of the United States
      2. officers of the State, or of any county, city, or town, charged with the execution of the laws of the State, when acting in the discharge of their official duties
      3. any person who is a qualified retired law enforcement officer as defined in G.S.
        § 14-415.10
      4. sworn off duty law enforcement officers
  2. As a safety and security measure, individuals who are statutorily exempt, if not in uniform, should make all reasonable efforts to carry their firearm inconspicuously on their person out of public view or have their badge clearly visible so that the officer is immediately identifiable as a sworn law enforcement officer.
  3. Information regarding any individual who may be in violation of this procedure should be immediately reported to a Supervisor, a Vice President, or to Campus Law Enforcement and Public Safety.