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Weapons Policy

Weapons on Campus

As required by Kansas Law, Personal and Family Protection Act (PFPA), K.S.A. 75-7c01 et seq., Concealed Carry of Handgun shall be permitted on Community College Campuses, including all buildings and public areas owned or leased by College without adequate security measures, except in specific restricted access areas within buildings.  Open carry of firearms and possessions of weapons other than concealed handguns shall be prohibited on all campuses.  Nothing in this Policy shall read to prohibit College Public Safety Officers or other Law Enforcement Officers as defined by K.S.A. 75-7c22 from carrying weapons.  The College campuses shall develop specific procedures for safe possession, use and storage of such weapons.


M. Definitions:

“weapons” includes, but it not limited to:

  1. Any object or device which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel bullet, shot or shell by the action of an explosive or other propellant;
  2. Any handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other firearm of any nature, including those that are concealed or openly carried;
  3. All BB guns, pellet guns, air/CO2 guns, or any device, such as a Taser, which is designed to discharge electric darts or other similar projectiles; however, a personal self-defense stun gun that does not fit within the preceding definition shall not be considered a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
  4. Any explosive, incendiary or poison gas (A) bomb, (B) mine, (C) grenade, (D) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, or (E) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce;
  5. Any incendiary or explosive material, liquid, solid or mixture equipped with a fuse, wick or other detonating device;
  6. Any tear gas bomb or smoke bomb; however, personal self-defense items containing mace or pepper spray shall not be deemed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
  7. Any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;
  8. Any straight-blade knife of four inches or more such as a dagger, dirk, dangerous knife or stiletto; except that an ordinary pocket knife or culinary knife designed for and use solely in the preparation or service of food shall not be construed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
  9. Any martial arts weapon such as nun chucks or throwing stars;
  10. Any longbow, crossbow and arrows or other projectile that could cause serious harm to any person; or
  11. Any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character.

“handgun” means:

  1. A pistol or revolver which is designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and which is designed to fire or capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition; or
  2. Any other weapon which will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive and which is designed to be fired by the use of a single hand.

“firearm” - includes any handgun, rifle, shotgun, and any other weapon which will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.

“adequate security measures” - the use of electronic equipment and armed personnel at public entrances to detect and restrict the carrying of any weapons into a College building or public area of a College building, including but not limited to, metal detectors, metal detector wands or any other equipment used for similar purposes to ensure that weapons are not permitted to be carried into such building or public area of the building by members of the public.

“building” - a College building owned or leased.

“campus” -  any building or grounds owned or leased by Butler Community College for College use.

“restricted access entrance” - a restricted access entrance to a building or area of a building that requires a key, keycard, code or similar device to allow entry to authorized personnel through the restricted access entrance.

“open carry” - carrying a firearm visible to others.

"public area” - any portion of the College building that is open to and accessible by the public or which is otherwise designated as a public area.

“secured area” - those areas of the College Security facilities that are not open or accessible to the public without approval or escort from College Security departmental personnel


(1) An approved storage device has each of these characteristics: 

1. it is of sufficient size to fully enclose the handgun while secured in an approved holster; 

2. it is constructed of sturdy materials that are non-flammable; 

3. it has a combination, digital, or other secure locking device that can only be unlocked by the individual using the storage device, but devices secured exclusively with a key lock are prohibited; and, 

4. the device is constructed specifically for the storage of a handgun and/or ammunition. All ammunition stored in an on-campus residence must be stored in an approved storage device.