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Weapons

Scope:

This policy applies to all persons at any college-owned, leased, or rented facility and to all persons attending any college-sponsored activity at any other location.

Definitions:

Ammunition—means any material capable of being projected by or from a weapon.

Weapon—means any instrument of offensive or defensive combat and any device designed or traditionally used to inflict harm or injury. Weapon includes but is not limited to explosives, firearms, bows, slingshots, switchblades, daggers, blackjacks, brass or metal knuckles, hunting knives, nunchaku (“nun-chucks”), dirk knives, bowie knives, star knives, sand clubs, razors, throwing stars and any device capable of projecting a ball, pellet, arrow, bullet, missile, shell, or other material. Weapon includes any object that could be reasonably construed as a weapon. Weapon does not include a penknife (that is, a folding knife), without a switchblade, provided that the blade is no more than 4 inches.

Policy:

Weapons and ammunition are potential safety hazards. The possession, storage, use, or display of weapons or ammunition is inappropriate in the college community for any reason other than protection of members of the community. Weapons and ammunition shall not be possessed (regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess same has been issued to the possessor), stored, used, or displayed at any college-owned, leased or rented facility or at any college-sponsored activity at any other location.

Exceptions:

1. This policy does not apply to the lawful possession and storage of disabling chemical sprays or to the lawful display or use of such sprays, when the display or use is objectively for a self-defense purpose. It is not within the scope of employment for any college employee to possess, use, store, or display such sprays.

2. This policy does not apply to currently licensed and commissioned law enforcement officers acting within the scope of their law enforcement responsibilities but only to the extent that they are legally permitted to possess such weapons and ammunition in this jurisdiction.

3. This policy does not apply to persons in the military acting in the performance of their official duties but only to the extent that they are legally permitted to possess such weapons and ammunition in this jurisdiction.

4. This policy does not apply to persons authorized by their employer, and licensed and legally permitted to possess weapons in this jurisdiction, but only if the employer is providing services to the college under a written contract approved in advance by the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness, Vice President and General Counsel, and President.

5. Exceptions for the possession, storage or display of weapons or ammunition for instructional or theatrical purposes may be granted in limited circumstances. Applications for such exceptions shall be made in advance to the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness and require written approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness, and the President. The Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness may impose additional restrictions in writing.

6. This policy does not apply to the lawful storage of a firearm, by a full-time college employee, within a vehicle parked at any college-owned, leased, or rented facility or at any college-sponsored activity provided that: a) the college employee is a “qualified retired law enforcement officer” as that term is defined in the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, 18 U.S.C. section 926C and has met all of the conditions therein; and b) the college employee maintains on file with the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness a current identification, as defined in that Act.

Employees and students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions under any applicable policy. Employees on contracts may have their contracts terminated or non-renewed. Violations of this policy by employees must be reported to the division head and the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness, both of whom shall consult with the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and the employee’s supervisor regarding disciplinary sanctions. Violations of this policy by students must be reported to the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness and the Vice President of Student and Instructional Support Services, who shall consider the matter in conjunction with the Student Code of Conduct.

Other members of the public who violate this policy may be removed from the facility and restricted or barred from college facilities. Violations of this policy by other persons must be reported to the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness and the Vice President and General Counsel who shall consult with the President regarding potential restrictions from college facilities.

Violations that may constitute unlawful activity may be reported to local law enforcement by the Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness or other college personnel.

See: Maryland Code, Criminal Law, sections 4-101 et seq.

Maryland Code, Public Safety, sections 5-101 et seq. and 11-101 et seq.

Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, 18 U.S.C., section 926C.

For more information contact: Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness, ext. 7754.