Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons on Campus

As provided in Tennessee Code Annotated §39-17-1309, any unauthorized or illegal possession of, use of, or wearing of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind shall not be permitted on the Northeast State campus. State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000) for carrying weapons on school property.

Weapons shall include, though not exclusively, the following:

  • An explosive or an explosive weapon. Explosive weapon means any explosive, incendiary or poisonous gas bomb, grenade, rocket, mine, or shell, missile or projectile that is designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage.
  • A device principally designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon.
  • Any knife that has a blade which opens automatically by applied pressure, gravity, or inertia or other knives with a blade length exceeding four inches (4").
  • Any other device used for infliction of serious bodily injury or death which has no common lawful purpose.