By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -
A case in Lawrence is raising questions about the law when it comes to guns in dorm rooms.
It has been several weeks since a gun was found in a University of Kansas dorm room. Even though that violated state law, the student still hasn't been charged by the Douglas County District Attorney.
The 22-year-old KU student was seemingly in hot legal water after campus police say they found a gun in his room at Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. That was a clear violation of university policy and also against Kansas law governing firearms in state buildings.
But despite all that, The Lawrence Journal World reports the district attorney's office has yet to file charges.
KU student Alexander Grubbs questions why the county hasn't acted. He supports Second Amendment rights, but feels university rules must be respected.
"They have no place in a setting like this. If people want to have them in their home that is fine, but not on a campus," Grubbs said.
KU has launched an internal hearing, but any school issued punishment won't be made public. Grubbs hopes the district attorney makes progress with the case soon to send a message to others that guns won't be tolerated.
"I think something should happen. He brought it onto campus. If it was in a dorm room then yeah he deserves punishment. There is no excuse for him to bring it into one of the buildings," Grubbs said.
KCTV5 made several calls to the district attorney's office trying to find out exactly why charges haven't been filed, and calls went unreturned.
According to the university handbook, violating the no gun policy could lead to cancellation of that student's housing contract.
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