Prohibition of Weapons

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  1. Prohibition on Weapons. It is a violation of these Rules and Regulations to possess, carry or otherwise cause a firearm, handgun or other prohibited weapon, licensed or otherwise, concealed or otherwise, to be brought onto the premises of a System Component.
    1. “Premises of a System Component” as used in this Section means a structure and the land (including parking lots, garages, or other appurtenances, on which the structure is situated) over which this Board has ownership or control. This prohibition extends to leased, borrowed or other facilities where a System or Component function, event, or activity takes or is taking place but does not apply to: a) presidentially–approved academic or other programs (for example, ROTC or administrator residences, or Component sponsored or approved events); b) law enforcement personnel, acting in performance of their duties; c) the transporting of such firearms handguns, or other prohibited weapons for registration with and storage by the Component public safety office; or the president’s home and grounds; or, d) permitted tracts of the Christmas Mountains area with a special access permit as outlined in the System Christmas Mountains Ranch Policy.

    2. “Prohibited Weapons” as defined by Texas Penal Code, section 46.01, includes the following;
      1. “Club” meaning and instrument (for example, a blackjack, nightstick, mace, nunchuck or tomahawk) that is specifically designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person;
      2. “Explosive weapon” meaning any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such a loud report as to cause undue public alarm or terror (whether such a weapon is designed, made, or adapted for delivery or shooting);
      3. “Firearm” meaning any device designed, made, adapted, or readily adaptable to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance (excluded are antique or curio firearms manufactured before 1899 or replicas thereof, provided they do not use rim fire or center fire ammunition), including, but not necessarily limited to handguns, machine guns, rifles, “zip guns,” stun guns, and “short-barrel firearms;”
      4. “Illegal knife,” meaning any bladed, hand instrument that: a) has a blade over five and one-half inches; b) is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death on a person by cutting, stabbing, or throwing (for example, a dagger, dirk, stiletto knife, poniard, bowie knife, switchblade knife, sword, or spear);
      5. “Knuckles,” meaning any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles.
      6. “Hoax bomb,” meaning a device that: a) reasonably appears to be an explosive or incendiary device; or, b) by its design causes alarm or reaction of any type by policy, public safety, or other administrators at a system component, who are charged with assuring campus safety;
      7. “Chemical dispensing device,” meaning a device (other than a chemical for the purpose of dispensing a substance capable of causing adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being.

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