2016-2017 Catalog

Weapons on Campus

It is unlawful for any individual, aside from law enforcement, from carrying a "weapon," with or without a concealed permit, onto a community college campus.  A "weapon" includes firearms, explosives, BB guns, stun guns, air rifles or pistols and certain types of knives or other sharp instruments.  This does not apply to "weapons" used solely for instructional or College sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any College building or vehicle, on any College grounds, recreational area, athletic field, or other property owned, used or operated by the Trustees of Western Piedmont Community College.

N.C.G.S. 14-269.2 permits a person to bring a handgun onto a community college campus under the following limited circumstances:

1.  The firearm is a handgun; AND

2.  The individual has a valid concealed handgun permit (or is exempt from the law requiring a permit); AND

3.  The handgun remains in either:  a closed compartment or container within the individual with the permit's locked vehicle; or a locked container securely affixed to the individual with the permit's locked vehicle; AND

4.  The vehicle is only unlocked when the individual with the permit is entering or exiting the vehicle; AND

5.  The handgun remains in the closed compartment at all times. 

Unless otherwise provided by law, no individual aside from law enforcement may have any weapons on campus and individuals with a concealed carry permit can only have a handgun on a community college campus as expressly outlined in the limited situation above.  Failure to follow these rules could result in the violation of North Carolina laws and criminal prosecution.

This law does not apply to a weapon used solely for educational or College sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a College approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision is approved by the proper College authority.

Furthermore, this law does not apply to armed forces personnel, officers, and soldiers of the militia and National Guard, law enforcement personnel, any private police employed by the College, when acting in the discharge of their official duties.