Houghton College Weapons Policy

Pursuant to New York State Penal Law, §265.06  “It shall be unlawful for any person….to knowingly possess any….weapon….in or upon a building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, without the written authorization of such educational institution.”

Therefore, it is necessary for all persons to bring any weapon, ammunition, or dangerous accessories to the Safety and Security office to register it and for safekeeping.

Weapons Definition

Weapons are defined as, but are not limited to the following:

  •  Any weapon powered by pump action, including any BB gun, or “air soft” gun.
  •  Any weapon powered by compressed air or CO2
  •  Any firearm, including black powder weapons
  •  Any blowgun or similar weapon
  •  Any type bow (archery)
  •  Any Martial Arts weapon, (i.e. nun-chuks, throwing stars, throwing knives, etc.)
  •  Any knife with a blade 3 inches long or longer 
  •  Any knife with a double edged blade
  •  Any other item that may be deemed as dangerous at the discretion of the Office of Safety and Security.
  •  cartridge including all paint ball guns.

Weapon Registration

All weapons are required to be in a case and checked into the Safety and Security office immediately upon arrival on

  1. Houghton College property. Students registering weapons should confirm an officer is available to accept the weapon by calling 585-567-9333 and are asked to park, with hazard lights on, directly in front of the Campus Center. 
  2.  The owner of the weapon must fill out the Weapon Registration form with a full description of the weapon, serial number, and any ammunition that accompanies the weapon. The students Social Security number is required. 
  3.  The owner will retain a copy of the registration form which must be kept on their person whenever the weapon is carried.
  4.  A tag will be placed on the weapon and any ammo to identify it.
  5. The attending officer will place weapon in designated storage area.

Weapon Release. 

No weapon is to leave the Safety and Security office except by following this procedure:

  1.  A student ID matching the requested weapon registration form is required for any weapon release. 
  2.  Weapon registration forms are filed alphabetically by student name in the Weapons binder. 
  3.  Indentify weapons ID number, from the bottom, right of the registration form. 
  4.  Locate weapon (and/or ammo), remove weapon ID tag, leaving it in the Safety and Security office.
  5.  Complete the sign in/sign out log in the Weapons binder as indicated and release weapon to owner.
  6.  It is the responsibility of the attending officer to escort the owner with their weapon(s) to their vehicle and confirm that the owner will be taking the weapon(s) directly off Houghton College property and not to any other location on campus. 
  7.  It is the responsibility of the owner to find a suitable and legal place to hunt. Hunting with firearms on Houghton College property is prohibited. Only archery hunting is allowed, during any season that it is legal to use a bow, and with the appropriate College issued permit.

Weapons Return

All weapons are required to be checked into the Safety and Security office immediately upon arrival on Houghton College

  1. property. Students returning a weapon should confirm an officer is available to accept the weapon by calling 585-567-9333 and are asked to park, with hazard lights on, directly in front of the Campus Center. 
  2.  Find student name on the sign out/sign in page of the Weapons binder. Check student ID if necessary.
  3.  Locate assigned weapon tag and place back on weapon or case. 
  4.  Complete sign in/sign out log in Weapons binder as indicated, making sure the student and officer signs it in. 
  5.  Place tag on weapon and return to storage area.

Ammunition and Dangerous Accessories

All ammunition and related dangerous accessories (i.e. archery broad heads, etc.) are required to be registered with the 
corresponding weapon. Any items registered with a weapon will be marked for identification for the protection of the owner. 
Sign in and sign out requirements are the same as for weapons.

Carrying a knife on campus....

Any fixed blade knife that is 3” or less, while permitted to be possessed by a student, may not be worn so as to be publicly
visible. Approved knives may be kept in a backpack, pocket, or vehicle. Any knife left in the open on campus, including a 
student room, may be confiscated and held at the discretion of any College staff person.

** Any Weapon(s) left with Safety and Security past the close of May term is subject to appropriate disposal **

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