llinois State University’s Academic Senate approved a new university policy to clarify any exceptions on campus under the new concealed and carry act.
The 2013 Illinois Firearm Concealed and Carry Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, allowed residents to carry handguns on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on a person within a vehicle.
The purpose of this policy is to establish restrictions on possession, storage and concealed carry of firearms and weapons on campus, Brent Paterson, senior associate of vice president for student affairs, said.
The new policy prohibits any person from possessing, storing or carrying any weapon or firearm on university property. This would include any vehicle even if the person has a valid federal or state license to possess a firearm.
In addition, a person cannot brandish or discharge any concealed weapons or firearms.
Some exceptions to the law include the use of a firearm for curriculum for a fully recognized course and a law enforcement agent on duty can carry a weapon.
A person can bring a firearm on campus if it is left in a vehicle in a designated parking area, Paterson said. Restricted signs are posted in front of parking lots to determine if it is legal to bring a weapon in this area.
Moreover, the firearm and its ammunition must be concealed in a case at all times within the locked vehicle and the person must have a valid concealed and carry card.
If a person wishes to remove the firearm from the car it must be unloaded within the vehicle before the person exits. The firearm may only be out of the car for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving the handgun from the trunk, Paterson said.
The weapon is used for a specially authorized purpose of instruction, research and service approved in writing by the Chief of Police. A firearm is authorized for use by an employee in the ordinary course of employment.
Any and all persons found in violation of this policy are not limited to only university violence policy, a violator could also be subject to state and federal laws. ISU police has the duty to report to the Department of State Police within 24 hours after any student who is determined to pose a clear and present danger.
For a list of which weapons are prohibited on campus read the new policy at policy.IllinoisState.edu/Health-Safety/General/5.1.1Concealed%20Carry.shtml.