Firearms and Weapons Policies


The possession, storing or use of any weapons, including but not limited to firearms, explosives of any type (including firecrackers), chemical sprays, bows and arrows, hunting knives, is prohibited on campus. Persons possessing, storing, or using weapons on campus will be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal sanctions.

It is the policy of Bristol Community College that unless authorized no one is permitted to carry a firearm on the grounds or in a college building. The pertinent legislation, Chapter
 269, section 10 of the Massachusetts General Laws states in part whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary
 or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph, “firearms” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rife or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet, or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

Any officer in charge of an elementary or secondary school, college, or university or 
any faculty member or administrative officer of an elementary or secondary school, college
or university failing to report violations of this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars. A law enforcement officer may carry a firearm
in the classroom as allowed by the law stated above while on or off duty. Someone who is not a law enforcement officer who may otherwise be permitted to carry a firearm is not allowed
to possess a firearm in the classroom or on the grounds of Bristol Community College.

Employees must report any suspected violations of this Policy/Law to the respective campus security office, the Director of Public Safety, or the Vice President of Administration and Finance. Any questions on who is a law enforcement officer, as defined in Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws, should contact the Chief of Campus Police, who with the Vice President for Preparedness, Compliance and Students, will make a final decision.