Northwestern issues new weapons policy

Tyler Pager, Campus Editor

Northwestern issued a new policy Monday explicitly prohibiting the possession, use or storage of firearms regardless of the existence of a concealed carry permit.

The policy, in compliance with the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, aims to set clear expectations and guidelines on the University’s ban on weapons, the University said in an email to the NU community Monday.

The ban extends to University property and vehicles and University-sponsored events on- or off-campus and to any employee conducting University business. The exceptions to the policy include law enforcement personnel and persons whose work requires lethal and non-lethal weapons. In addition, weapons can be used for educational purposes, university-sanctioned athletic programs, public ceremonies, parades and theatrical performances.

Last year, NU placed signs on all University buildings explicitly prohibiting guns to comply with state law. Colleges and universities are one of 23 types of locations where “concealed carry” is not allowed under the law.

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