I. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The California Gun-Free School Zone Act of
1995 and Amendments, codified in California Penal Codes §§ 626.9 & 626.10,
prohibit the transportation and possession of firearms and other dangerous
weapons on public school properties in California, including property of the
University of California. The University of California Office of the President
has issued Implementing Guidelines for the Act and Amendments. This Policy
incorporates and implements the Act and Amendments, the UC Implementing Guidelines, and applicable State and local codes.
This Policy prohibits the transportation
and possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons on the grounds of UCLA
campus, off-campus buildings owned or operated by the University, areas adjacent
to University Property or to activities of or programs conducted by the
University, whether on- or off-University Property.
This Policy applies to all students,
employees, and other members of the University community, to any vendor or
contractor providing services on University Property, and to any individual
visiting the University or participating in or attending University programs or
For the purposes of this Policy:
Firearm is a device, designed to
be used as a weapon, from which a projectile is expelled through a barrel by
the force of an explosion or other form of combustion.
Fireworks, as defined
in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, are any toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes
or toy guns in which explosive materials are used, fire balloons, firecrackers,
torpedoes, skyrockets, rockets, roman candles, dago bombs, sparklers, or other
devices containing any combustible or explosive substance for the purpose of
producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration,
or detonation, but not to include toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other
similar devices in which paper caps containing not more than twenty-five
hundredths (.25) grain of explosive compound per cap are used.
Generally Prohibited Weapon is a weapon of any kind listed in California Penal Code §16590,
see Generally Prohibited Weapons List (Attachment A).
Imitation Firearm is any BB
device, toy gun, replica of a Firearm, or other device that is substantially
similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing Firearm as to lead
a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a Firearm.
Incendiary or Destructive Device is any device other than one for illumination that is
constructed or designed to start an incendiary fire, by remote, delayed, or
instant means; any explosive, such as tracer ammunition; any bomb, grenade,
explosive missile, or similar device, or any launching device therefore; any
rocket, rocket-propelled projectile, or similar device, or any launching device
therefore; sealed device containing dry ice or other chemically reactive
substances assembled for the purpose of causing an explosion by chemical
reaction; or any similar device.
Less Lethal Weapon is a device
that is designed to or that has been converted to expel or propel less lethal
ammunition by any action, mechanism, or process for the purpose of
incapacitating, immobilizing, or stunning a human being through the infliction
of any less than lethal impairment of physical condition, function, or senses,
including physical pain or discomfort. It is not necessary that such a weapon
leave any lasting or permanent incapacitation, discomfort, pain, or other
injury or disability in order to qualify as a Less Lethal Weapon.
Lethal Weapon is a weapon
capable of inflicting great bodily injury or death. Lethal weapons include, but
are not limited to, large knives, ice picks, daggers, knives or similar
implements with fixed bladed longer than 2.5 inches, and other similar
Stun Gun is any item, other than
a Less Lethal Weapon, used or intended to be used as either an offensive or a
defensive weapon that is capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the
infliction of an electrical charge.
University Property refers to
the grounds of UCLA campus and off-campus buildings owned or operated by the
University for student housing, teaching, research, clinical or administration.
III. POLICY STATEMENT
Subject to the exceptions below, no person
shall bring to or possess on University Property or areas adjacent to
University Property, a loaded or unloaded Firearm, Generally Prohibited Weapon,
Lethal Weapon, Less Lethal Weapon, Stun Gun, Imitation Firearm, Fireworks or
other Incendiary or Destructive Device.
Subject to the exceptions below, UCLA
students, faculty, and staff shall not bring to or possess a loaded or unloaded
Firearm, Generally Prohibited Weapon, Lethal Weapon, Less Lethal Weapon, Stun
Gun, Imitation Firearm, Fireworks or other Incendiary or Destructive Device to
activities of or programs conducted by the University, whether on- or
Any person, who possesses a Firearm,
Generally Prohibited Weapon, Lethal Weapon, Less Lethal Weapon, Stun Gun,
Imitation Firearm, Fireworks, or Incendiary or Destructive Device on University
Property or at off-campus University activities or programs, may be subject to
criminal penalties and/ or disciplinary action under University policies,
except where one of the exceptions below applies.
A. Exceptions to Possession of Firearms or Other Weapons
Exceptions to the restricted possession of
a Firearm or certain other weapons on University Property are made in California Penal Codes §626.9, §626.92 and §626.10 for certain individuals
including a full-time paid peace officer of another state or the federal
government who is carrying out official duties while in California, a member of
the military forces of California or the United States who is engaged in the
performance of his or her official duties, an armored vehicle guard who is
engaged in the performance of his or her official duties, or other specified
security guards. These individuals do not need special permission for weapons
they are legally authorized to possess.
The prohibition against bringing to or
possessing knives and/or other cutting instruments onto University Property
does not apply in the following circumstances:
- For a lawful purpose within the scope of a
person’s employment at the University, including, but not limited to, kitchen
knives and similar utensils used by food service employees, scalpels and other
cutting instruments used by physicians, dentists, researchers, etc., saws and
other shearing devices used by Facilities employees, etc.; and
- For a lawful use in or around a residence
or residential facility located upon University Property in food preparation or
consumption or in connection with an event sponsored by a University department
in which food is being prepared or served.
All other exceptions will be made at the
discretion of the UCLA Police Chief. Requests for exceptions and grants of
permission shall be in writing as outlined in Section IV of this Policy.
B. Exceptions to Possession of Fireworks
Specific exceptions to the restricted
possession of Fireworks may be granted under permit and with the approval of
the UCLA Fire Marshal. Requests shall not be granted unless they comply with
applicable sections of the California Health and Safety Code, the California Penal Code, and the Los Angeles Municipal Code or the Santa Monica Municipal Code, as applicable.
C. Exceptions Approved by UCLA Police Chief
The Chancellor has delegated authority to
the UCLA Police Chief to grant exceptions for certain authorized activities in
program areas such as ROTC and Theater, Film, and Television productions. The
UCLA Police Chief may grant other exceptions on a case-by-case basis. These
exceptions shall be documented using the UCPD Special Authorization for
Firearm(s) or Other Weapons on University Property form (Attachment B).
IV. REQUESTING AN EXCEPTION TO POLICY
Individuals seeking an exception to this
Policy must file a request with the UCLA Police Chief at least ten (10)
calendar days in advance of transporting a Firearm, Generally Prohibited
Weapon, Lethal Weapon, Less Lethal Weapon, Stun Gun, or Imitation Firearm to or
on University Property.
- Complete the UCPD Special Authorization for
Firearm(s) or Other Weapons on University Property form (Attachment B) and
submit it to the UCLA Police Chief.
- Students requesting in-class transportation
or possession, must have a faculty sponsor and the faculty sponsor must have
the Department Chair or Dean’s authorization.
- The signature approval of the Chief or his
designee is required for permission to be granted.
V. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
While this Policy is applicable to the
entire UCLA community, the individuals listed below assume specific
responsibilities for compliance.
Staff, faculty, and students should also be
alert to any person displaying threatening behavior, whether a weapon is
visible or not, must immediately contact the UCLA Police Department for
assistance in such situations (see UCLA Policy 132, Workplace Violence
A. UCLA Police Department (UCPD)
UCPD is responsible for enforcing this
Policy and any related statutes. The UCLA Police Chief or his designee may
grant written permission to transport or possess a Firearm or other weapon on a
case-by-case basis. The Chief may also grant standing exemptions for selected
activities, such as the ROTC. Questions concerning this Policy may be referred
to UCPD at (310) 825-1491.
B. Faculty Members
Faculty members are responsible for
students in their class or under their guidance who may request, for lawful
purposes, permission to bring a weapon to University Property or to an activity
of or program conducted by the University, such as for use in a play, an
instructional demonstration, or research.
A faculty member must secure approval from
his/her respective Dean or Department Chair before requesting permission in
writing from UCPD. UCPD or Campus Counsel, as appropriate, should be consulted
if any doubt exists as to the appropriateness of the request. Consideration
should be given to factors including the type of weapon, its intended use, the
time period over which it is intended to be used, the potential impact to
others who may come in contact with it, and whether viable alternatives exist.
A faculty member must, upon receiving
written permission from the UCLA Police Chief, personally monitor the use and
ultimate removal of the weapon from University Property or from an activity of
or program conducted by the University.
C. Department Heads
Department heads are responsible for
ensuring that employees within their area of responsibility are aware of this
Policy. Additionally, department heads are responsible for ensuring that groups
(e.g., student groups, groups attending an event, program, or extracurricular
activity) under their guidance are aware of this Policy.
- California Penal Code, §626.9, §626.92,
§626.10, §16590, and §21310;
- Chapter V, Article 7 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code;
- University of California Implementing Guidelines for The California Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 and Amendments;
- UCLA DA 710.06 (Approving the Transporting
of Firearms on Campus) to the Chief of Police, dated September 2, 2009;
- UCLA Policy 132, Workplace Violence
UCLA Police Department website.