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Weapons on Campus

Weapons on Campus

McNeese State University, as part of the University of Louisiana System, is designated as a "Firearm-Free Zone" as defined in Louisiana Law Revised Statute 14:95.6, which states "a firearm-free zone is an area inclusive of any school campus and within one thousand feet of any such campus, and within a school bus. According to Louisiana Law Revised Statute 14:95.2, the definition of a "school" is any elementary, secondary, high school, vocational-technical school, college, or university in this state.


Therefore, pursuant to Louisiana Law Revised Statute 14:95.2(A) carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or non-student on school property, at a school sponsored function or affiliated function, or in a firearm-free zone is unlawful and shall be defined as possession of any firearm or dangerous weapon, on one's person, at any time while on a school campus, on school transportation, or at any school sponsored function in a specific designated area including but not limited to athletic competitions, dances, parties, or any extracurricular activities, or within one thousand feet of any school campus.


A firearm is defined as any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, submachine gun, or assault rifle, which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition or from which a shot or projectile is discharged by an explosive.


A dangerous weapon is defined as any gas, liquid or other substance or instrumentality, which, in the manner used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.


Weapons may not be dropped off or stored at the McNeese State University Police Department.


Violators of the "Weapons on Campus Policy" shall be subject to criminal charges. Additionally, students found in violation shall be subject to judicial discipline. Possession of a firearm, when in violation of state laws, University of Louisiana System policy, or MSU policy, shall be grounds for dismissal from the University.


A federal, state, or local law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties, are except from the prohibitions of Louisiana Revised Code 14.95.


Report any violations of weapons on campus to the McNeese State University Police Department located at 4314 Ryan Street in Lake Charles or by calling 337-475-5711 24 hours-a-day.