EWU ends campus gun storage

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington University is no longer providing weapons storage for students living on campus and others.

EWU Police Chief Tim Walters tells the Spokesman-Review the department didn’t have the space or resources to accommodate growing requests.

Walter says it’s time-consuming to store weapons because the department must verify that a student is legally allowed to have the weapon. Hey says the department also worried about liability issues.

Because guns are prohibited on most college and university campuses, many schools offer storage services for students who live on campus. Washington State University and Gonzaga University still do, as does North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

At Cheney, about 20 to 30 students used the service before it ended in the fall. Walter says most of them stored hunting rifles and shotguns but more recently some checked in AR-15-style assault rifles and handguns.

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5 comments

  • Thedeanofmen

    So unprohibit them so students can carry them around with them like the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution affords American citizens. Will be the safest campus in the USA!

  • Kenneth Briggs

    so what are the cops bitching about ? if they store them then they know where they are , the guns should be in a safe place so where else does the cops want them stored at ? so what if you charge a rent space for the guns , then you know where they are .

  • amiller92

    I’m a reporter for the Easterner and this was my story! You took my interview and everything. Walters told THE EASTERNER, not the Spokesman. I will be pursuing action against this.