Firearms Policy

Firearms Policy


Office of Administration


Vice President for Administration or Assistant Vice President for Administration.


Safety and Security



Effective Date:


Implementation History:


Firearms, Gun

Background Information:


To set the policy for firearms on college owned facilities.



Empire State College (in accordance with the SUNY policies and regulations*) prohibits any person from possessing firearms at any college facility or college sponsored event without the written authorization of the college’s chief administrative officer. This policy specifically applies to law enforcement officials who may otherwise be authorized to carry firearms while off duty and to other individuals who may be licensed to carry firearms.

This policy prohibiting the possession of firearms does not apply to law enforcement officials in pursuit of official duty when authorized by federal or state law. For purposes of this policy, law enforcement officers who are required to carry firearms while taking on-duty breaks shall be considered to be "in pursuit of official duty" when on such breaks.

Applicable Legislation and Regulations

The following SUNY policies and regulations apply:

  • 8 NYCRR Part 590 –SUNY’s regulations relating to firearms;
  • SUNY’s Policy for Firearms on State Operated Campuses;
  • 8 NYCRR Part 535 SUNY’s regulations for the maintenance of public order

Approved: September 2007

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