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Firearms, Ammunition, and Weapons

Policy Statement

All members of the University community, as well as visitors, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives, or weapons (hereafter referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the University without the explicit advance authorization of the University, regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.

Reason for Policy

WNE is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for the University Community and its guests. In support of this commitment, this policy sets forth the rules and guidelines governing the possession and use of weapons.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

Faculty, Staff and Students


  1. The possession, sale, and/or unauthorized use on University property of firearms or other dangerous weapons, or ammunition, explosives, combustible fuels, firecrackers, and potential ingredients thereof is forbidden by University policy.
  2. Western New England University’s policies comply with Massachusetts law. In Massachusetts, it is illegal for anyone to carry firearms (including unloaded weapons) or ammunition (including some forms of knives/other weapons) on the property of a college or university in the state, unless given express written consent by the University.
  3. Western New England University considers any threats involving deadly weapons (firearms, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, or assault weapons), explosives, bombs, chemical or biological agents, or any other deadly weapons actionable by University and local authorities, and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
  4. Recreational devices like paintball guns, BB guns, and sling shots are not allowed on campus unless part of a University approved activity.
  5. The University also prohibits any member of the community from carrying on his/her person or under his/her control in any vehicle, any object that may be used to threaten, harass, and/or injure. 

In conclusion, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 269 Section 10J, weapons are prohibited on the grounds of the University with the exception of law enforcement officers duly authorized to carry such weapons. No person shall be permitted to carry firearms or other weapons, concealed or not concealed, with or without a concealed weapon permit, while on properties owned or controlled by the University.


Any possession, conduct, or action that you observe which you believe is prohibited by this policy must be reported as soon as possible to your immediate supervisor, the Department of Public Safety, or any member of the administration. All reports of potential violations of this policy will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.


For the purposes of this policy, the term “weapons” includes, but is not limited to: firearms of any nature or description, including shotguns, rifles, pistols, and revolvers, paint ball guns, or BB/pellet guns; firearm replicas; ammunition; martial arts-type weapons; explosives (including fireworks); bows, crossbows, arrows; slingshots; switchblade knives, double-edged knives, hunting (pocket-style) knives with a blade length of three inches or greater; swords; pointed metal darts; or any other destructive device or instrument that may be used to do bodily injury or damage to property. In addition, items that may be used as weapons, whether or not they fit the definition above, will be subject to seizure. 

Document History

Policy Origination Date: June 19, 2023

Who Approved This Policy

Associate Vice President of Human Resources


Associate Director of Human Resources
Rivers Memorial