Weapons on Campus


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  • Morton College Policy Regarding Concealed Carry

    Public Act 098-0063 This Act may be cited as the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

    The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Illinois FIREARMS ACT "conceal and carry." The Act authorizes public and private universities and colleges to promulgate policy regulating the use of weapons on campuses. 

    Statement of Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to establish restrictions on the ability to carry weapons or firearms on the Morton College Campus in regards to the Morton College Concealed Carry Policy pursuant to the 2013 Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66) and its enabling regulations.

    This Policy applies to all employees, students, persons conducting business including individuals visiting the Morton College Campus as defined in this Policy. Visitors include, but are not limited to, prospective students, former students and their respective families.

    Definitions

     “College property” is defined as any building or land owned or leased by Morton College or subject to its control.

    "License" means a license issued by the Department of State Police to carry a concealed handgun.

    "Licensee" means a person issued a license to carry a concealed handgun.

    A "Concealed firearm" means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.

    A “firearm” is defined as: loaded or unloaded handgun. A “handgun” is defined as any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

     A “weapon” is defined as: Any device, whether loaded or unloaded, that shoots a bullet, pellet, flare or any other projectile including those powered by CO2. This includes, but is not limited to, machine guns, rifles, shotguns, handguns or other firearm, BB/pellet gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, flare gun, stun gun, taser or dart gun and any ammunition for any such device. Any replica of the foregoing is also prohibited. 

    Any explosive device including, but not limited to, firecrackers and black powder.

    Any device that is designed or traditionally used to inflict harm including, but not limited to any knife with a blade longer than three inches, hunting knife, fixed blade knife, throwing knives, dagger, razor or other cutting instrument the blade of which is exposed.

    A “Prop weapon” is defined as any item which looks like a weapon. 

     Persons Covered by this Policy

    Employees and volunteers of Morton College are prohibited from carrying a firearm or weapon while acting in the course and scope of their employment or duties, either on or off campus property, regardless of whether the employee has a license to carry a firearm or weapon.

    This prohibition does not apply to those employed as a law enforcement officer or peace officer or to those who have the written approval of the chief administrative officer or his or her designee to carry a firearm or weapon while on duty.

    No vehicle owned, leased, or otherwise under the control of Morton College may be used to store or carry a firearm or weapon, except as otherwise provided in this policy.

    Locations at Which Policy Applies

    If a person is noticed with a concealed weapon entering an area where a concealed weapon is prohibited and the person is non-threatening and/or suspicious and/or disruptive, the Morton College Police Department should be alerted immediately and provided with a description of the person, the type of concealed weapon, and the area where he/she was last seen. Students, staff and community members should never put themselves or others in harms' way.

    Parking and Storage of a Firearm Under the Provisions the Concealed Carry Act

    Any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area.

    A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk, provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle.

    For purposes of this subsection, "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.

    Violations

    Violations of this policy may constitute a criminal offense, qualify as student misconduct subject to discipline, and/or result in employment discipline, up to and including termination of employment

    Campus Police Department

    The Morton College Police Department, in consultation with other relevant divisions of Morton College and executive management, shall be responsible for the development and promulgation of procedures and protocols for storage and confiscation of weapons. 

    The Morton College Executive Director/Inspector General, in consultation with other relevant divisions of Morton College and executive management, shall promulgate policies and procedures to be used in determining whether any exceptions to this Policy are necessary.

    Distribution of Information Regarding Policy

    Morton College Media Relations, in consultation with other relevant divisions of Morton College and executive management, shall be responsible for the development and distribution of information regarding this Policy to the Morton College campus community, Morton College media outlets and external audiences.