Concealed Weapons Prohibited on Campus

By PSC Communications

While revisions to state law during the recent legislative session allow for the permit-less concealed carry of deadly weapons, including handguns, state higher education legal counsel have assured the College that a separate section of State Code continues to allow our institution to exercise our personal property rights and prohibit the concealed carry of firearms on campus. Our institution intends to continue exercising our statutory authority to prohibit concealed deadly weapons on our property, even while new statutory language provides for this allowance generally. Violation will be handled as a disciplinary offense.

The Code citation is provided below: §61-7-14. Right of certain persons to limit possession of firearms on premises.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this article, any owner, lessee or other person charged with the care, custody and control of real property may prohibit the carrying openly or concealed of any firearm or deadly weapon on property under his or her domain: Provided, That for purposes of this section “person” means an individual or any entity which may acquire title to real property.

Any person carrying or possessing a firearm or other deadly weapon on the property of another who refuses to temporarily relinquish possession of such firearm or other deadly weapon, upon being requested to do so, or to leave such premises, while in possession of such firearm or other deadly weapon, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or confined in the county jail not more than six months, or both: Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to those persons set forth in subsections (3) through (6) of section six of this code while such persons are acting in an official capacity: Provided, however, That under no circumstances may any person possess or carry or cause the possession or carrying of any firearm or other deadly weapon on the premises of any primary or secondary educational facility in this state unless such person is a law-enforcement officer or he or she has the express written permission of the county school superintendent.