Firearms, Deadly Weapons, Explosives or Dangerous Ordinances Policy

7210.1 General Policy

Firearms, deadly weapons, explosives and dangerous ordinances are prohibited from both the Dayton and Lake Campuses of Wright State University, and from university owned, controlled or managed facilities. Firearms are prohibited from being in any university owned, controlled or managed building or vehicle. This prohibition also includes those individuals who legally possess a valid Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit issued by the State of Ohio or any other state that the State of Ohio recognizes as a valid CCW permit or license.

7210.2 Definitions

To provide a common understanding of what a firearm, deadly weapon, explosives and dangerous ordinances is, the following definitions as set forth in Section 2923.11 Weapons Control Definitions of the Ohio Revised Code are included.

  1. Firearms. Firearms are defined as any deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant. "Firearm" includes an unloaded firearm, and any firearm that is inoperable but that can readily be rendered operable. This includes, but is not limited to the following;
    • Handgun
    • Semi-automatic firearm
    • Automatic firearm
    • Sawed-off firearm
    • Zip Gun
    • Or any crude or extemporized manufactured firearm
       
  2. Deadly Weapons. Deadly Weapons are defined as any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.
     
  3. Explosives. Explosives are defined as any chemical compound, mixture, or device, the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion. "Explosive" includes all materials that have been classified as division 1.1, division 1.2, division 1.3, or division 1.4 explosives by the United States department of transportation in its regulations and includes, but is not limited to, dynamite, black powder, pellet powders, initiating explosives, blasting caps, electric blasting caps, safety fuses, fuse igniters, squibs, cordeau detonant fuses, instantaneous fuses, and igniter cords and igniters. "Explosives" does not include "fireworks."
     
  4. Dangerous Ordinance is defined as any of the following;
    • Automatic, sawed-off firearm, sip-gun or ballistic knife
    • Any explosive or incendiary device
    • Any form of explosives
    • Any rocket launcher, mortar, artillery piece, grenade, mine, bomb, torpedo or similar weapon, designed and manufactured for military purposes, and ammunition for that weapon.

7210.3 Exceptions

  1. Individuals who are exempted from this policy include Wright State University Police officers, other sworn law enforcement officers or agents (who are required to carry a firearm in accordance with Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2923), participants in official ROTC unit activities, and individuals who have received prior approval to conduct classroom demonstrations.
     
  2. Any exceptions of this policy will be reviewed on a case by case basis at the discretion of Chief of Police or the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee

7210.4 Approved Demonstrations or Use

a.  Academic Classroom Use Approvals

Course instructors or training facilities wishing to conduct a demonstration or use of firearms, deadly weapon, explosives and/or dangerous ordinances must submit in writing all requests for use of and demonstration of firearms, deadly weapon, explosives and/or dangerous ordinances. The written request will be submitted to the Wright State University Police Department on a form provided by the Wright State University Police Department. This form MUST be submitted at fifteen (15) business days prior to the use or demonstration.

  1. The form will contain all relevant information for the use and demonstration. This shall include, but not be limited to outlining the plans for the use or demonstration, safety and securing the items prior to and after the demonstration. No live ammunition shall be permitted without expressed written permission of the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
     
  2. The form will be reviewed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee. The Chief of Police or his/her designee will indicate approval by signature. In certain circumstances conditions for approval will be noted on the request form.

Once approval for use has been granted, the instructor shall meet with a representative of the Wright State University Police Department at least thirty minutes prior to the demonstration to have the items inspected at the location of the demonstration. This inspection will include the following;

  1. Ensuring that any firearms have a safety locking device or trigger guard locked in place to ensure that the firearm cannot be loaded with any ammunition.
     
  2. Ensuring that no live ammunition or blank (simulated) ammunition is present. This shall consist of an inspection of all bags or other carrying devices. If live ammunition or blanks (simulated) ammunition is present, the demonstration will not commence.
     
  3. Failure to comply with all inspections or use of prescribed safety devices will be a violation of this policy and the demonstration will not commence.

b.  Training Facility Use Approvals

In addition to the complying with the requirements listed in 7210.4 (a) above, training facilities located at the Dayton and Lake Campuses of Wright State University, including university owned, controlled or managed facilities shall also comply with the following procedures and requirements.

Once approval for use has been granted, the instructor shall meet with a representative of the Wright State University Police Department at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the demonstration to have the items inspected at the location of the demonstration. This inspection will include the following;

  1. Unless authorized in writing by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, no live ammunition or blank (simulated) ammunition shall present. If live ammunition, blanks or simulated ammunition is present, and authorization in writing has not been granted, the demonstration will not commence.

    Inspection of all ammunition, blanks, simulated ammunition, firearms, deadly weapons, explosives and/or dangerous ordinances shall be conducted by a person trained in the instruction and use of these devices.This inspection shall be conducted in the presence of a representative of the Wright State University Police Department.This includes an inspection of all bags or other carrying devices.
     
  2. While firearms, deadly weapons, explosive and/or dangerous ordinances are present at the training facility, the training facility shall provide twenty-four (24) hour on-site protection of these items. This include having at least one trained law enforcement officer or in the case of training for military personnel, a trained and armed member of the military unit conducting the training to provided site protection. If these items are stored at multiple locations at the training site, additional personnel shall be required to provide on-site protection of these items.
     
  3. A safety officer must be present while firearms, ammunition, blanks, simulated ammunition, deadly weapons, explosives and/or dangerous ordinances are being used. If these items are being used at multiple training stations, a safety officer must be present at each training station. All safety officers must be trained on the items being used and their sole focus shall be the safety of those individuals using these items.

    In the event that the safety officer observes any unsafe actions or behaviors, the safety officer shall immediately stop the training scenario and address any safety violations.The safety officer has sole authority to end any training scenario and dismiss any participants of the training for failure to follow instructions or for unsafe actions.

7210.5 Violations

Students, faculty, staff, or visitors found to be in possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, explosives and/or dangerous ordinances in violation of Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2923, or in violation of this policy will face disciplinary action, as well as criminal prosecution, if appropriate.