Possession of Firearms and Weapons Policy

  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Policy
Responsible Unit University Police
Responsible Cabinet Member VP for Student Affairs
Adoption Date Unavailable
Last Revision Date
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Policy Statement

Possession of rifles, shotguns, firearms, or weapons is strictly prohibited in or upon any building or grounds of the SUNY Brockport or the Educational Opportunity Center without the written authority of the President of the University or his/her designee.


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The term “firearm,” “rifle,” and “shotgun” are used herein as defined by New York state Penal Law, Section 265.00.The term “weapon” means any firearm, electronic dart-gun, dagger, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, or any dangerous or deadly instrument, including any instrument or article from which a shot or projectile, may be discharged (bows, gas or air powered pellet guns, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, dirk, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, chukka stick, sandbag, sandclub, slungshot, or slingshot.) of the articles or instruments that are specified in Sections 265.01 through 265.06 of the New York State Penal Law.

Policy Procedures

Authorization for Use

The President of the University or his/her designee may grant authorization for the possession of rifles or shotguns only if such possession is required or permitted for specifically authorized (a) educational programs, (b) scientific research, (c) skeet, trap or other target shooting activities carried on under the supervision of the University or (d) the storage of sporting arms. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any such authorization granted pursuant to this section may be rescinded at any time, but in no event shall be valid for longer than one semester, and shall be non-transferable.

Storage of Firearms

The President of the University or his/her designee may grant written permission or authorization to students, faculty, or staff to permit the storage of rifles, shotguns, or weapons only when such possession is required or permitted for purposes of Section 376.02 of this Chapter. Concealable firearms are not authorized for storage. When authorized for storage on campus, rifles, shotguns, and weapons shall be stored in unloaded condition with the University Police and shall be labeled with a tag bearing the owner’s name, address, telephone number (both home and campus), date of storage, and other pertinent information deemed necessary. Only the owner of such weapons, upon presentation of proper identification, may obtain possession of them after they have been stored.

University Police Authorization

The President of the University may authorize sworn members of University Police to carry firearms while on duty. Such authorization shall require strict compliance with Article 4, Part 590 of Subchapter C of Chapter V of Title 8 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York and Rule 080.1 of the SUNY Board of Trustees and all University Police General Orders related to the possession and/or use of firearms.

Possession by Military or Police Personnel

This policy shall not apply to the possession of firearms, rifles, shotguns, or weapons by persons of the military or other service of the United States or New York State or to police when acting in pursuit of official duty when duly authorized by federal or state law, regulation or order to possess same.

Disciplinary Actions

Any violation of this policy governing firearms, rifles, shotguns, or other weapons on campus shall be cause for administrative and disciplinary action.

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 2019-12-01 Five-year review
Adoption Date Unavailable Policy Adopted
Draft Review Date   Draft Policy under 30-day Campus Review


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