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Facility Management / Safety

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Policy Title:
Firearms on State-operated Campuses

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Effective Date:
October 26, 2009

This policy item applies to:
State-Operated Campuses
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These guidelines ensure the safe and prudent implementation of the rules of the State University of New York (University) Board of Trustees concerning firearms and other weapons on campuses.


I. Purpose

II. Possession and Storage of Firearms Owned by Students, Faculty and Staff

III. University Police Officers (Authorization for University Police Officers)

IV. Use of Firearms by University Police Officers

V. Storage of Firearms

VI. Care and Maintenance of Firearms

VII. Department Response to the Use of a Firearm by a University Police Officer

VIII. University-wide Review


Air gun – a device that is capable of firing a metallic projectile by means of compressed gases or spring.

Deadly Physical Force – deadly physical force as defined in Section 10.00 (11) of the Penal Law.

Firearm – any firearm as defined in Section 265.00 (3), or any antique firearm as defined in Section 265.00 (14) of the Penal Law.

Rifle – a rifle as defined in Section 265.00 (11) of the Penal Law.

Shotgun – a shotgun as defined in Section 265.00 (12) of the Penal Law.

University police officer – a sworn member of the department as defined in Section 355 (2) (1) of the Education Law.

Weapon – (1) a "deadly weapon" as defined in Section 10.00 (12) of the Penal Law, or (2) any weapon defined in Section 265.01 of the Penal Law

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Board of Trustees Rules - Maintenance of Public Order (8NYCRR Part 535)


Firearms - Rifles - Airguns - Shotguns (8 NYCRR Part 590)


The following links to FindLaw's New York State Laws are provided for users' convenience; it is not the official site for the State of New York laws.

Education Law § 355 (2) (l) (Appointment of University police officers)

Penal Law

§ 10 (Definitions of deadly physical force and deadly weapon)

§ 35 (Justification; a defense)

§ 265 (Definitions of rifle and shotgun)

§ 265.1 (Criminal Possession of a weapon in the fourth degree)

§ 400 (Licenses to carry, possess and repair and dispose of firearms)

In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated


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