ARTICLE 22. POSSESSION OF WEAPONS POLICY
Pittsburg State University Weapons Policy and Procedures
November 22, 2016
The possession and use of firearms, explosives, and other weapons are prohibited on the campus of Pittsburg State University, with the limited exception of concealed handguns as provided in this policy. The purpose of this policy is to describe how handguns may be carried, stored, and managed on the campus of Pittsburg State University in as safe a manner as possible. This policy is in accordance with the Kansas Board of Regents Policy and state law, K.S.A.75-7c01, et seq.
II. Geographic Applicability:
This policy is applicable only within the geographic limits of the Pittsburg State University campus. Campus is defined as any building or grounds owned by Pittsburg State University or any building or grounds leased by Pittsburg State University for state university use.
Any handgun, rifle, shotgun, and other weapon which will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
IV. Prohibitions and Restrictions to the Carrying of a Concealed Firearm Pursuant to Kansas Law:
Open carry of firearms by any means is prohibited. The carrying of any rifle, shotgun, or other long gun by any means is prohibited. It is a violation of University policy to openly display any lawfully possessed concealed carry handgun while on campus except when lawfully using the handgun in self-defense or when transferring to safe storage.
Kansas law outlines the following restrictions to the concealed carrying of a handgun. Failure to comply with the following restrictions is a violation of University policy and Kansas Law:
V. Carrying Safety Requirements:
Any individual who is 21 years of age or older and who is lawfully eligible to carry a concealed handgun is wholly and solely responsible for carrying, storing, and using that handgun in a safe manner and in accordance with the Kansas Law, Kansas Board of Regents Policy and University policy. Concealed means completely hidden from view and does not reveal the weapon in any way, shape or form.
Whether on their person or in a personal carrier, every handgun carried by an individual must be secured in a holster that completely covers the trigger and the entire trigger guard area and that secures any external hammer in an un-cocked position. The handgun must be secured in the holster with a strap or by other means of retention. The holster must have sufficient tension or grip on the handgun to retain it in the holster even when subjected to unexpected jostling. Handguns with an external safety must be carried with the safety in the “on” position.
The handgun must be in the person’s custody and control at all times with safety mechanism engaged. Handguns must be carried securely in a suitable carrier (backpack, purse, handbag, or other personal carrier designed and intended for the carrying of an individual’s personal items). The suitable carrier must at all times remain within the exclusive and uninterrupted control of the individual. This includes wearing the carrier with one or more straps consistent with the carriers design, carrying or holding the carrier, or setting the carrier next to or within the immediate reach of the individual.
VI. Campus Gun-Free Locations with Adequate Security Measures:
There are no University locations designated as gun free with permanent adequate security measures. The University may designate a specific location as temporarily gun free and use temporary adequate security measures as defined and required by law and Kansas Board of Regents Policy. Appropriate notice will be given whenever this temporary designation is made.
VII. Handgun Storage:
Handgun storage is prohibited at Pittsburg State University except in the following circumstances: (1) in an individual’s privately-owned or leased motor vehicle when the vehicle is locked and the handgun is secured in a location within the vehicle that is not visible from outside the vehicle; or, (2) in an individual’s on-campus residential unit when the handgun is secured in a holster and in an approved storage device (see below).
Approved Storage Device:
The University does not provide approved handgun storage devices to any person, under any circumstances. Each individual who stores a handgun in an on-campus residence must provide their own approved storage device.
An approved storage device meets the following criteria:
Storage of handguns is prohibited in the following:
VIII. Violations Process:
All suspected weapons policy violations will be reported to the University Police. Initial investigations will be conducted by University Police to determine if University or Kansas Board of Regents policy has been violated. If the investigation determines a crime has been committed, a separate criminal investigation will be conducted, unrelated to policy. If University policy has allegedly been violated, the matter will be reported to the Behavior Intervention and Threat Assessment Team.
When there is probable cause to believe that a weapons policy violation has occurred, or continued possession and carrying by the alleged policy violator will create imminent danger to self or others, University Police have authority to disarm and/or temporarily confiscate a firearm and issue a restriction to not carry a concealed firearm on campus pending results of the investigation.
The President, or his or her designee, may take any temporary action as determined necessary to ensure the safety of the University and of its students and personnel. Any individual who violates one or more provisions of this policy may be issued a lawful directive to leave campus with the weapon immediately. Any individual who violates the directive shall be considered to be in trespass and may be cited accordingly. Any employee or student of the university who violates one or more provisions of this policy shall be subject to discipline in accordance with applicable University codes of conduct. Any individual who violates state or federal law may be detained, arrested, or otherwise subjected to lawful processes appropriate to the circumstances.
Updated August 2017