Vol. 28 Iss. 9 - January 02, 2012

Chapter 10
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: Virginia Military Institute is exempt from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4002 A 6 of the Code of Virginia, which exempts educational institutions operated by the Commonwealth.

Title of Regulation: 8VAC100-10. Weapons Regulation (adding 8VAC100-10-10, 8VAC100-10-20).

Statutory Authority: §§ 23-9.2:3 and 23-99 the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: December 19, 2011.

Agency Contact: Colonel Jeffrey Curtis, Virginia Military Institute, 201 Smith Hall, Lexington, VA 24450, telephone (540) 464-7104, or email


This regulation addresses the prohibition of weapons at Virginia Military Institute.


8VAC100-10-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Police officer" means law-enforcement officials appointed pursuant to Article 3 (§ 15.2-1609 et seq.) of Chapter 16 and Chapter 17 (§ 15.2-1700 et seq.) of Title 15.2, Chapter 17 (§ 23-232 et seq.) of Title 23, Chapter 2 (§ 29.1-200 et seq.) of Title 29.1, or Chapter 1 (§ 52-1 et seq.) of Title 52 of the Code of Virginia or sworn federal law-enforcement officers.

"Institute property" means any property owned, leased, or controlled by the Virginia Military Institute.

"Weapon" means (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, razor, slingshot, sprint stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; or (iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades that is designed to be thrown or propelled and that may be known as throwing star or oriental dart.

8VAC100-10-20. Prohibition of weapons; exceptions.

Possession, carrying, or storage of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited (i) on institute property, to include academic buildings, administrative office buildings, support buildings, military training facilities, athletic facilities, barracks or any structure designated for cadet housing, or dining facilities, or (ii) while attending sporting, entertainment, or educational events. Entry upon any of this property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.

In addition to individuals authorized by institute policy, institute police officers are lawfully in charge for the purposes of forbidding entry upon or remaining upon institute property while possessing, carrying, or storing weapons in violation of this prohibition.

This prohibition would not apply to those activities falling under the Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, NCAA rifle teams, Trap and Skeet Club, VMI Firing Range(s) or Marksmanship Club, or other official institute club or other activities. These particular events will follow strict guidelines developed for these activities and are under the supervision of institute staff officials. This prohibition would also not apply to any individually authorized hunting or game reduction program expressly permitted by institute officials.

VA.R. Doc. No. R12-3076; Filed December 19, 2011, 2:47 p.m.