Gun found on WSU campus returned to owner

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A gun found on the Wichita State University campus has been returned to its owner.

The handgun was found in a bathroom at Jabara Hall Friday.   WSU Director of News & Media Relations Joe Kleinsasser said the gun belonged to a WSU employee.   The gun was returned to the owner after he provided proof of ownership to WSU Police.  Kleinsasser said the employee did not face disciplinary action. 

A Kansas law that went into effect on July 1 allows people 21 and older to carry concealed weapons on campus and into buildings that don't have adequate security such as metal detectors and armed guards.

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Wichita State University police are investigating after a gun was found in a bathroom on campus Friday.

Joe Kleinsasser, WSU director of news and media relations, said an employee found the gun in second-floor bathroom at Jabara Hall.

An employee found the gun, which was turned over to the university police department. Kleinsasser said WSU police are checking the gun's registration to locate its owner.

"I walked into the bathroom and found a firearm," said Erik Mallory, WSU employee. "It was sitting on top of a toilet paper dispenser."

The gun was laying on top of a toilet paper dispenser in the restroom. 

A Kansas law that went into effect on July 1 allows people 21 and older to carry concealed weapons on campus and into buildings that don't have adequate security such as metal detectors and armed guards.

Mallory says he disagrees with the law, and calls the gun he discovered a sign of irresponsible ownership. 

"There's no reason to have a firearm on campus. That's my personal opinion and I think it's irresponsible for a gun owner to have one," he said.

Students on campus Friday afternoon had mixed feelings when they heard the news.

"With or without gun laws if they want to come on to campus they're going to come on to campus," said Josh Wilson, an incoming freshman.

"For school purposes, I don't agree with it. I feel there's a better way," said Darrin McPherson.

Mallory says he's not upset with the university, it's a state law the school had no control over. He was grateful for the quick response by the police department.

"They were excellent," he said.

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