ROTC

NMMI Weapons Policy

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF RIFLES, KNIVES, WEAPONS AND DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES

(Effective: 01 July 2005. Expires: To Be Determined)

I. Purpose. This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) details the rules and regulations pertaining to possession and/or use of weapons or destructive devices.

II. Applicability. This SOP is effective 01 July 2005, and applies to students at NMMI, and will expire at the discretion of the NMMI Commandant of Cadets.

III. Scope. This SOP identifies rules and regulations pertaining to weapons or destructive devices by students other than rifles issued by the JROTC/SROTC departments or sabers/swords used by cadet officers and sergeants major for drilling purposes.

IV. Responsibilities.

a. Cadets will be responsible for knowing the rules about personal weapons and leaving them at home.

b. The Commandant of Cadets and his staff will be responsible for enforcing this SOP, looking for and confiscating prohibited weapons during inspections and at other times, and transferring any confiscated weapons to the NMMI Police Dept. The Commandant of Cadets will also be responsible for in-house punishments associated with this SOP.

c. The NMMI Police Dept. will be responsible for storing any weapons confiscated by the Commandant's staff, and assisting to enforce this SOP. The NMMI Police Dept. will also be responsible for filing criminal charges against any student who violates this SOP if prosecution is deemed to be warranted by the NMMI Police Dept., the Commandant's office, and/or the District Attorney's Office. The NMMI Police Dept. will also be responsible for storage of any weapons brought to NMMI for the purpose of use on a shooting team turned in while awaiting transfer to the coach or range master.

d. The JROTC and SROTC shooting team coaches and the Dow Hall Range master will be responsible for storage of any firearms brought to NMMI by students for the purpose of use on a shooting team. This includes assuring that the weapon is only used for that purpose.

V. Procedures.

a. Definitions:

1. Weapon: For the purposes of this SOP, a "weapon" is defined as any firearm, knife, explosive, or other object, even if manufactured for a nonviolent purpose, that has a potentially violent use, or any "look-a-like" object that resembles an object that has a potentially violent use, if, under the surrounding circumstances, the purpose of keeping or carrying the object is for use, or threat as use, as a weapon.

2. Deadly Weapon: For the purposes of this SOP, a "deadly weapon" is defined as any firearm, loaded or unloaded, or any weapon capable of causing death or great bodily harm. This includes but is not restricted to: knives, to include ANY lock blade knife or ANY knife with a total length of over three inches (including handle length). The list of what is considered a deadly weapon also includes, but is not limited to: daggers, brass knuckles, switchblade knives, butterfly knives, bowie knives, stilettos, butcher knives, pocket knives or any weapons with which (a) dangerous cuts can be given, or (b) with which dangerous thrusts can be inflicted, such as sword canes and any kind of sharp pointed canes, slingshots, bludgeons, or any other weapon with which dangerous wounds can be inflicted, e.g.: nunchakus or nunchucks, pellet guns, BB guns, paintball guns, soft pellet guns, live ammunition or ordnance, or chemicals that when mixed together become explosive.

3. Firearm: For the purposes of this SOP, and for compliance with the Federal Gun Free School Act, a "firearm" is defined as any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or is designed to or may be readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or silencer, or any destructive device (e.g.: "MRE bomb", artillery simulator, or exploding fireworks).

b. Personal firearms, air rifles and/or pistols, or any items classified as weapons in this SOP are prohibited from being brought to New Mexico Military Institute. If these items are brought to NMMI, they will be confiscated and stored at the New Mexico Military Institute Police Department until the student can take the item(s) home, or until he/she clears campus. Under no circumstances will these items be "checked out" for use by the student. At no time will any of these items be allowed in a student's room or vehicle.

c. Any student found to be in violation of this SOP due to possession of a weapon, firearm or destructive device, as defined in this SOP, will be dismissed or suspended from NMMI for a period of not less than one year. Additionally, any student found to be in violation of this SOP will be subject to prosecution in an appropriate court of law.

d. Exceptions:

1. Rifles issued by the JROTC or SROTC Departments and sabers or swords used by cadet officers for drilling purposes are exempt from this SOP.

2. Personal firearms, pistols or pellet guns may be brought to NMMI for the express purpose of use by a student while a member of a shooting team sponsored by the JROTC or SROTC Departments. These weapons will, upon arrival, be immediately turned in to the team coach or range master in Dow Hall. If the coach or range master is unavailable, the weapons will be tuned in to the NMMI Police Dept. until such time as the student can transfer them to the coach or range master.