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A Message from the Chief of Police

On behalf of the Gaston College Campus Police and Security Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Gaston College.

Our Department is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment in which our faculty and staff can prepare our students for academic success now and career challenges in the future. The following information is designed to provide you with answers to your questions, provide guidance, and help ensure your safety and security while at Gaston College.

A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the co-operation of students, faculty, and staff. I hope you will use this information to become our partners in preventing crime.  While our officers actively work to control crime, members of our campus community can help by always being alert, by taking notice of details if you ever witness criminal activity, and by reporting that information immediately to Campus Police and Security. 

Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment.  By co-operation and working together, we can achieve that goal.I encourage you to get to know us. Stop by our office in room 125 in the Pharr Trade & Industrial Building if you have questions and by all means, don't hesitate to just say "Hi" to us as you see us on campus.

Although we have relatively little crime at Gaston College, we gladly make available our latest crime statistics. Crime Statistics are in .pdf format. If you need Adobe Reader download here.)

Billy L. Lytton
Chief of Police
Gaston College Campus Police

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About Campus Police

The goal of the Gaston College's Campus Police and Security Department is to provide faculty, staff, students, and visitors with the safest educational environment possible. The Gaston College Campus Police and Security Department is comprised of both sworn Campus Police Officers and non-sworn Campus Security Officers. The Campus Police and Security Department is responsible for crime reports, initial and follow-up investigations, traffic accident reports, and other public safety services.

Sworn Police Officers: Are armed and are identified by their light blue or white shirts and distinctive “Campus Police” shoulder patch and badge. Police Officers have full police authority on College property under the provisions of Chapter 115D-21.1 of the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina. Police commissions are granted under that statute by the Attorney General of North Carolina. Campus Police Officers posses all the powers of municipal and county police officers to make arrests for both felonies and misdemeanors and charge for infractions within the agency’s jurisdiction. Police Officers normally do not wear civilian or plain clothes while conducting police business on the campus.

Non-sworn Security Officers: Are unarmed and are identified by their dark blue uniform shirts and distinctive "Campus Security" shoulder patch and badge. Security Officers perform many of the tasks as sworn police officers with the exception of effecting arrest. An arrest (if necessary) will be referred to a sworn officer. Security Officers normally do not wear civilian or plain clothes while conducting security business on the campus.

In order to further their law enforcement purpose, the Gaston College Campus Police and Security Department maintains liaison with other law enforcement agencies in the area. On occasion mutual aid may be requested from those agencies.

 

Law Enforcement Support Agencies:

  • NC State Bureau of Investigation
  • NC Highway Patrol
  • Gaston County Police (Dallas Campus)
  • Gaston County Sheriff's Department (Dallas Campus)
  • Dallas Police Department (Dallas Campus)
  • Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (Lincoln Campus)
  • Lincolnton Police (Lincoln Campus)
  • Belmont Police (Belmont Kimbrell Campus)


Enforcement Alternatives

Officers have at their discretion a variety of alternatives when addressing enforcement situations. Alternatives available to Campus Police and Security Officers when making an enforcement decision include:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Warning citation
  • Issuance of a Gaston College citation
  • Referral to Student Services for disciplinary action
  • Initiation of criminal charges through issuance of a North Carolina Uniform citation in the case of traffic violations and minor misdemeanors (which may also initiate Student Services action)
  • Initiation of criminal charges by physical arrest and appearance before a court official (which may also initiate Student Services action).

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Reporting Crimes and Incidents to Campus Police

Dallas Campus

For EMERGENCIES call 911 immediately, then contact Campus Police and Security.

By Telephone:

The telephone number for the Campus Police and Security Department is 704.922.6480. This number rings in the main Campus Police office which is normally staffed between the hours of 7:00 am through 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays 7:00 am until 4:00 pm except for days the college is closed.

In the event that no one in the main office answers the telephone, the call is automatically transferred to the Campus Police / Security radio system and can be answered by either police or security officers on campus via their portable radios. In the event the call is transferred to the radio system, please be patient as the call may require 10-14 rings before completing the transfer and being answered by an officer.

Medical emergencies should be reported directly to the Gaston County Communications Center by calling 911. After completing the call to 911, please call Campus Police to inform them of the medical emergency.

In Person:

The main Campus Police Office is located in the Pharr Trade and Industrial Building. You may report crimes or incidents in person between the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. except for days the college is closed.

 

Lincoln Campus

For EMERGENCIES call 911 immediately, then contact Campus Police and Security.

By Telephone:

The telephone number for the Lincoln Campus Security Department is 704.748.5225 or 704.748.5200. The office is normally staffed periodically between the hours of 6:30 am through closing, Monday through Friday except for days the college is closed.

In the event that no one in the main office answers the telephone, Security Offices may be reached by mobile telephone at 980.522.7850, 980.522.7851, or 980.522.7852 or by calling the Dallas Campus dispatcher at 704-922-6480 who can relay the information to the Lincoln Campus.

Emergencies should be reported directly to the Lincoln County Communications Center by calling 911. After calling 911, please call Campus Security to inform them of the emergency.

 

In Person:

The Campus Security office is located in Room 119. You may report crimes or incidents in person between the hours of 6:30 am through campus closing Monday through Friday except for days the college is closed. If the Security Office is unoccupied, crimes may be reported by telephone.

 

Belmont Campus

For Emergencies call 911 immediately, then contact Campus Police and Security.

By Telephone:

During daytime hours, the Belmont Campus Police and Security Department may be contacted at 704-825-3737 or by seeing the receptionist at the main entrance of Harney Hall, on the Belmont Campus. The receptionist will then contact the security officer by either telephone or radio.

After hours when the receptionist is off duty, the security officer may be reached by telephone by calling 704-922-6480.

In Person:

The Campus Security office is located in room 107 of the classroom building.  You may report crimes or incidents in person between the hours of 8:00 AM through campus closing on Monday through Friday except for days the College is closed.  If the Security Office is unoccupied, crimes may be reported by telephone at 704-825-3737 or 980-522-7546.

Reasons for Calling Campus Police

  • General information (special events, locations)
  • Information on parking
  • Maintenance problems after normal business hours
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Lost and found items
  • Fire
  • Medical emergencies (call 911 to request ambulance then call Campus Police)
  • Suspicious persons on campus
  • Crime reporting
  • When reporting a crime or suspected crime, please provide the following information:
  • Your name
  • Victim’s name
  • Location of incident
  • Time incident occurred
  • Description of suspects and names if known
  • Description of any vehicles involved, including license number, if known
    A phone number where you may be reached in case further information is
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Weapons on Campus

North Carolina General Statute §14.269.2 prohibits the possession of weapons on any property owned, leased, or occupied by any North Carolina educational institution. This prohibition applies whether the weapon is concealed or not concealed. This prohibition includes handguns, rifles, BB guns, air rifles, pellet guns, bows, swords, explosives, blackjacks, metallic knuckles, razors and knives etc., but is not necessarily limited to these items. The possession of a concealed handgun permit DOES NOT authorize an individual to possess a weapon on educational property.

Crime Incident Logs

The Campus Police & Security Department maintains a chronological log of all crimes reported to the Department. This log is available for viewing in the main office of the Gaston College Campus Police & Security Department in room 125 in the Pharr Trade & Industrial Building at the Dallas campus.

Notification of Public Danger (Timely Warning)

If a situation develops that is judged to pose an ongoing threat to the campus community, Campus Police will issue a statement describing the nature of the threat. The statement will be released in one or more ways, including broadcast by the campus radio station, posting of notices and flyers on bulletin boards, e-mail notifications, Emergency Notification System and distribution to faculty / staff to share with students.

Registered Sex Offenders

Effective October 2002, the Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where it can obtain information about registered sex offenders provided by the State of North Carolina.  This information is located at http://ncfindoffender.com

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Crime Prevention Tips On and Off Campus

On Campus

  • Be especially aware of your surroundings at times when you may be less alert and more vulnerable to an attack; e.g., during exams, when you are upset, sick, or tired.
  • Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated parts of campus.
  • Know the location of emergency call boxes on routes to and from class.
  • Keep personal belongings in view while in class, the library or lab.
  • Learn self-defense techniques by enrolling in a self-defense class.

Using ATM Machines 

  • If you feel threatened while using the ATM, push the cancel button to cancel your transaction. Just walk away and complete your transaction later.
  • Avoid using an ATM at night.
  • If you must use an ATM at night take another person with you.
  • Check around the ATM first to make sure no one is lurking in the shadows.
  • Use machines that can be clearly seen from a street or public area.
  • Use machines that are inside buildings or in well-lighted areas.

Driving a Car

  • Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car.
  • Lock your doors when driving and immediately after entering vehicle.
  • Check the back seat and floor before you enter the vehicle.
  • As you approach the vehicle, scan the area under your vehicle and those adjacent to it.
  • Always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car.
  • Maintain the car in good running condition.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight, under the seat, in the glove compartment or trunk.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Try to be especially alert in parking structures.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, as you can be pulled in through the sliding door.
  • If you have car trouble, signal for help by raising the hood or tying a handkerchief to the door. Remain in the car with doors locked until identifiable help arrives.
  • Should another motorist offer to help, roll down window only an inch and ask him or her to call the police or auto club.
  • Keep an emergency kit containing a flashlight, flares, telephone change, distress signs and other essentials in your car.

On an Elevator

  • Check the inside of an elevator before entering. Wait for the next elevator if you are unsure of the people inside.
  • When riding an elevator, stand by the control board. If you feel in danger, press all the buttons and get off the elevator as soon as possible.
  • All elevators on the Gaston College campus are equipped with either emergency phones or push button alarm bells.

On Public Transportation

  • Check the bus schedule to avoid long waits at the bus stop. Become familiar with routes and timetables in your area.
  • Wait for buses at well-lighted stops.
  • If possible, join other people at a nearby stop.
  • If someone bothers you on the bus, say loudly, "Leave me alone" or 'No". Get up and find another seat. Tell the driver.
  • Stay awake on public transportation if you are alone.
  • Notice who else gets off at your stop. If you feel someone is following you, walk towards a populated area. Avoid walking directly home.
  • Be aware that hitchhiking can be very dangerous.

General Crime Prevention Information

If someone tries to grab your purse, let it go. Many injuries from robberies occur when people resist and refuse to comply with the robber’s demands.

If you are attacked, whether you resist and how you resist will depend on your personal resources and your personal values. Give some thought right now to what you would do in various situations that could arise. The more you have thought ahead, the more likely you will be to act in the way you've planned.

In considering your reactions to different situations, keep these three basic rules in mind:

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Don't be afraid to be impolite or make a scene; this is especially important, even if it is someone you know.
  • Try to remain calm--use your imagination and good judgment. Give yourself time to think.

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Sexual Assault


If You Are Sexually Assaulted

  • Clearly communicate your sexual limits to your partner. Say "no" forcefully if pressured for unwanted sex.
  • If "no" doesn't work, try to get away by running and screaming for help.
  • Report the crime to Public Safety or a law enforcement agency.
  • Get medical attention. The physician should collect specimens and make detailed notes about the physical evidence, such as bruises, cuts, torn clothing, and traces of semen. You should be tested later for pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
  • Contact a rape crisis or counseling center.
  • Go to a safe place that has a phone.
  • Call the police, rape crisis hotline, a friend or family member. Tell someone.
  • DO NOT wash hands, bathe, shower, douche, change clothes or straighten up the area. This destroys evidence.
  • Reporting is your choice. If you do not report, try to write down the details of the assault and save them in case you change your mind.
  • Whether you report or not, get medical attention for treatment of external and/or internal injuries and test for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  • Get counseling.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious problem that has been happening for centuries. In the U.S. each year, it affects millions of people, most often women. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of employment or educational status, race, or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, or sexual orientation.

The Shelter of Gaston County, under the direction of The Gaston County Department of Social Services, is organized and operating for the purpose of decreasing the incidence of domestic violence in our community by offering temporary shelter and resource services to the victims of domestic violence.

The Shelter of Gaston County provides a safe, emergency residence where victims can live in times of crisis.  The services offered include counseling, court advocacy, information and referral, direct services, support group meetings for women and children, a children's program, transportation to appointments, and a strong support system through the Shelter Staff.  The shelter also offers a home visit program for our clients after clients leave the Shelter and are on call from 8:00am-5:00pm to assist victims of domestic violence who are in the emergency room.

Shelter services include:

  • 24 hour Crisis Line
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Counseling
  • Court Advocacy
  • Information and Referral
  • Direct Services
  • Children's Program
  • Support Groups
  • Community Education Programs
  • Clothing
  • Training for Human Service Professionals


The Shelter of Gaston County
Department of Social Services
330 North Marietta Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Daytime Phone: 704-810-6495 or 704-810-6492
Fax: 704-852-6004
24-Hour Crisis Line 704-852-6000

On the WEB at http://www.gastongov.com/departments/shelter If you have obtained a domestic violence protective order which forbids another individual from coming to the Gaston College campus, bring a copy of the order along with a photograph of the individual, if possible, to the Campus Police office.

 

Dating Violence:

Dating violence affects one in every three students before they reach age 18.  Just think - that's one-third of your high school, or one-third of the kids at your lunch table, or even worse, one-third of your friends.

What is dating violence?  It's NOT an argument or a bad mood every now and then.  It IS a pattern of violent behavior which can cause injury (or death).  Dating violence is not always physical abuse.  It also can be verbal or emotional abuse, which includes constant insults, name calling, isolation from friends/family, or controlling what someone wears.

How can you avoid violence in a dating relationship?

  • Know whom you are dating before the date. If this person is somewhat of a stranger, stay in well populated areas.
  • Avoid those people who ignore you, pretend not to hear you, talk over you or are hostile in disagreement.
  • Avoid those people who stare at the sexual parts of your body and invade your personal space by unwanted touching or making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Let a friend or family member know where you will be on the date and what time you plan to return.
  • Don't use drugs or alcohol on dates.

A person being abused can have:

  • A low self-esteem
  • A small friend-base or can be a loner
  • An unstable family life
  • Low involvement in school activities
  • A timid personality

An abuser can have:

  • A low self-esteem
  • A jealous or possessive personality
  • A bad temper
  • A history of abuse in the family
  • A tendency always to be in control

If you have any traits that possibly could put you in a violent relationship:

First, you must try to overcome your weaknesses.  Work on your self-esteem.  Seek counseling.  Make new friends.  Get involved in school activities.

Second, make safe dates.  Go together with a group of friends.  Get to know the person before getting serious.  Much can be learned from someone when you observe how he/she reacts in group situations -- weaknesses often will surface.

Third, ask questions.  Find out about your partner's family life, goals and attitudes.  Many of these questions can be discussed during group activities with friends.

Fourth, keep your friend-base solid.  You can always use a good support group should trouble arise.  Don't let your dating partner separate you from your friends and family.

And fifth, know who you are and what you want from life.  Be strong in your convictions.  Stay strong with your actions.

 

Always have a SAFETY PLAN

  • Just because you may have ended a violent dating relationship, doesn't mean the violence will stop.  Therefore, a safety plan is essential.
  • Talk with your friends about what you are going through so they can support you and look out for you.
  • If you can, tell your parents what's going on, especially if your ex-partner might come by your home.
  • Talk to your school counselor or school resource officer.  Together you might adjust your class schedule or come up with ways to make you feel safe.
  • Avoid isolated areas at school and local hangouts and don't walk home alone
  • Stick with a buddy at parties, especially if you think your ex-partner might be there.
  • Carry a cell phone with you at all times and know all phone numbers you can call to get help.  Use 911 in an emergency.
  • Call The Shelter of Gaston County (Crisis Line: 704-852-6000) to get materials about dating violence and a list of Shelter services available to you.

Information provided by Students Against Dating Violence which is sponsored by The Shelter of Gaston County and Gaston County Schools.

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TRAFFIC AND PARKING

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Under the provisions of North Carolina Statute ll5D-21, the following Traffic and Parking Policy shall be enforced at the college.

  • All the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes relating to the use of the highways of the State of North Carolina and the operation of motor vehicles thereon shall apply to the streets, roads, alleys and driveways of the campus of the college along with all other rules and regulations approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • These rules and regulations shall apply on a 24-hour basis to operators of all vehicles, public or private, while operating a vehicle on the campus of the college.
  • The operator of any vehicle on the campus of the college shall comply with the legal instructions of any campus police officer and all traffic signs in accordance with the provision of these regulations.

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FINDING A LEGAL PARKING SPACE RESTS WITH THE MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR. LACK OF SPACE IS NOT CONSIDERED AN EXCUSE FOR VIOLATION OF PARKING REGULATIONS.

  • Each student shall have an opportunity to obtain a copy of the Traffic and Parking Policy. A copy of the policy shall be included in all Student Handbooks. Failure to obtain such a copy is not an excuse for violation of the policy.

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TRAFFIC AND PARKING POLICY

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS

Campus police and security officers have at their discretion a variety of alternatives when addressing enforcement situations. Alternatives include:

  • Verbal warning
  • Warning citation
  • Referral to Student Services for disciplinary action;
  • Issuance of a Gaston College citation;
  • Initiation of criminal charges through issuance of a North Carolina Uniform Citation in the case of traffic violations and minor misdemeanors in violation of N.C. State law.(which may also initiate Student Services action);
  • Initiation of criminal charges by physical arrest and appearance before a court official (which may also initiate Student Services action).

Common offenses for which citations will be issued : (list is NOT all inclusive)

  • Reckless driving.
  • Blocking or obstructing traffic, street, crosswalk, sidewalk, fire hydrant, building entrance or exit, or another vehicle properly parked.
  • Protruding into lane of traffic.
  • Double parking.
  • Parking on shoulder of road (except where parking is indicated by official signs.)
  • Driving in excess of posted speed limits.
  • Failure to obey traffic signs.
  • Failure to obey directions of campus police or security officers.
  • Failure to yield right-of-way at pedestrian crossings.
  • Following too closely.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • Operating vehicle causing loud and unnecessary noise, such as loud mufflers, horns, public address systems, stereo systems, ultra sensitive alarm systems.
  • Failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles.
  • Operating or parking a vehicle in any manner that creates a safety hazard.
  • Leaving a vehicle on campus overnight without notifying the campus police.
  • Double parking.
  • Parking, standing, or stopping so as to impede the flow of traffic.
  • Improper parking so that any portion of a vehicle is outside the marked limits of a parking space.
  • Parking in unauthorized areas such as those areas posted as visitor parking, faculty / staff parking, no parking, handicapped parking, loading zones, designated crosswalks, or areas other than those specified by the vehicle permit.
  • Parking trailers or boats on campus.
  • Collision with another vehicle, a person, sign or immovable object.
  • Passing moving vehicles going in the same direction.

 

Offenses charged under N.C. General Statutes either by the issuance of a North Carolina Uniform Citation or by arrest are adjudicated by the General Court of Justice through the criminal courts system.

The following system of GASTON COLLEGE citations and fines shall be used:

A. Campus police shall be responsible for issuing citations for improper parking and other Traffic Code violations.

B. Fines

  1. A fine of $5.00 shall be imposed for each violation charged on a GASTON COLLEGE citation.
  2. Fines shall be made payable to Gaston College at the Business Office and receipted by the cashier.
  3. Fines must be paid immediately after all appeals have been exhausted or five (5) calendar days after the ticket was issued.

C. When a vehicle which is improperly parked so as to obstruct the flow of traffic or movement of other vehicles is identified, the driver of the vehicle will be notified immediately. This may require calling the student out of class. If a student is notified more than once to move his improperly parked vehicle, his/her driving privileges on the college campus may be revoked.

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HANDICAPPED PARKING:

The College provides adequate parking spaces for those who suffer disabilities and who have been issued either a handicap license plate or handicap removable windshield placard by the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. In order to utilize these specially designated spaces an individual must properly display the issued license plate or windshield placard.

Handicapped parking placards and license plates are issued to individuals, not to vehicles. The display of a handicap license plate or removable windshield placard registered to another individual DOES NOT authorize any other person to utilize a handicap parking space and is a violation of N.C. law.

Campus Police Officers routinely check the registrations of those parking in handicap spaces to ensure that they are being properly utilized. Improper use of these specially designated spaces is a violation of North Carolina law and is cited on North Carolina Uniform Citations and prosecuted though the criminal court system. Violation of the handicap parking statutes is punishable by a maximum fine of $250.00 plus court costs.

PENALTIES

In addition to the standard fines imposed for violations of the Traffic Code, the following penalties may also be imposed:

  • All of those provisions detailed in North Carolina General Statutes.
  • The college may prohibit a student from registering for classes for the next term if the student owes fines from the previous term.
  • The college may withhold grades, transcripts, degrees, diplomas, or certificates and deny graduation for students for failure to pay fines.
  • Delinquent fines will be added to the student's financial account with the college. The student will not be permitted to re-enroll until fines are paid.
  • Students who accumulate three (3) or more traffic citations for parking and traffic violations during one term may be disciplined under the Gaston College Code of Student Conduct.

 

APPEAL PROCESS FOR GASTON COLLEGE CITATIONS

Students receiving GASTON COLLEGE citations or penalties resulting from alleged violations of the Traffic and Parking Policy may within five school days appeal in writing to the Chief Student Services Officer. Decisions by the Chief Student Services Officer are final.

Failure to pay the fine may result in any or all of the following actions:

  • Grades may be withheld.
  • Registration may be denied.
  • Parking privileges may be revoked.
  • Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated under the Student Code.

Appeal forms may be obtained from the switchboard, campus police officers, or Admissions office.

Offenses charged under N.C. General Statutes either by the issuance of a North Carolina Uniform Citation or by arrest are adjudicated by the General Court of Justice through the criminal courts system. There is NO appeal process through the Chief Student Services Officer.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

Traffic accidents are to be reported immediately to the Campus Police located in the Pharr Trade & Industrial Building. Those persons involved in the accident are to remain on the scene of the accident until the traffic officer conducts his investigation unless removed for the purpose of medical treatment.

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POSSESSION OF WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Statute §14-269.2. Weapons on campus or other educational property.

(a) The following definitions apply to this section:

(1) Educational property: Any public or private school building or bus, public or private School campus, grounds, recreational area, athletic field, or other property owned, used, or operated by any board of education, school, college, or university board of trustees, or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution.

(2) Student: A person enrolled in a public or private school, college or university, or a person who has been suspended or expelled within the last five years from a public or private school, college or university, whether the person is an adult or a minor.

(3) Switchblade knife: A knife containing a blade that opens automatically by the release of a spring or similar contrivance.

(4) Weapon: Any device enumerated in subsection (b) or (d) of this section.

(b) It shall be a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1, on educational property. However, this subsection does not apply to a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol.

(c) It shall be a Class J felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1, on educational property. However, this

subsection does not apply to a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol.

(d) It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), and any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.

(e) It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), and any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance on educational property.

(f) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section it shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor rather than a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, on educational property if:

(1) The person is not a student attending school on the educational property;

(2) The firearm is not concealed within the meaning of G.S. 14-269;

(3) The firearm is not loaded and is in a locked container, a locked vehicle, or a locked firearm rack which is on a motor vehicle; and,

(4) The person does not brandish, exhibit, or display the firearm in any careless, angry, or threatening manner.

(g) This section shall not apply to:

(1) A weapon used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority;

(2) Armed forces personnel, officers and soldiers of the militia and national guard, law-enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service personnel and any private police employed by an educational institution, when acting in the discharge of their official duties; or

(3) Home schools as defined in G.S. 115C-563(a).

 

Effective October 1, 2013

Pursuant to G.S. 14-269, a person who has a concealed handgun permit in accordance with Artical 54B, has a concealed handgun permit considered valid under G.S. 14-415.24, or is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to G.S. 14-415.25, is permitted to have a handgun provided it is in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle and the vehicle is parked in a college parking area. A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit, but the handgun must remain in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle must be locked immediately following the entrance or exit.

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POSSESSION OF FIREARMS OR EXPLOSIVES ELEMENTS

A person guilty of this offense

(1) possesses or carries

(2) a gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1,

(3) on any property or bus owned or used by any public or private school or college.

Punishment

Class I felony. However, under subsection (f) of the statute, a person commits only a Class 1 misdemeanor if all the following circumstances are present:

(1) the person is not a student attending school on the educational property;

(2) the firearm is not concealed;

(3) the firearm is not loaded and is in a locked container, a locked vehicle, or a locked firearm rack which is on a motor vehicle; and

(4) the person does not brandish, exhibit, or display the firearm in any careless, angry, or threatening manner.

POSSESSION OF WEAPONS OTHER THAN FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES

A person guilty of this offense

(1) possesses or carries

(2) a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument ( except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance), (3) on any property or bus owned or used by any public or private school or college.

Punishment Class 1 misdemeanor

 

 

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