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Man faces weapons offenses for having gun on campus

In the wake of the many shootings on school properties and other gathering places, it is natural for people to take precautionary measures if they suspect someone has a weapon. In fact, it is against the law in some states, including North Carolina, to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus. While the debate about gun control may never be settled, one man recently discovered that authorities take weapons laws seriously.

A 21-year-old GED student was recently arrested after another student allegedly saw him in a stairwell with a gun. A little after 10 a.m., the other student informed police that an armed man was on campus. Authorities shut down the college for about 45 minutes while police investigated. Reports say that initially, the GED student hid the gun to avoid getting caught. However, police soon located the gun and reported that it was loaded and stolen.

It's unclear why a loaded gun was apparently brought onto school property. The man is facing charges of felony possession of a stolen weapon and having a gun on educational property, which is also a felony. He posted a $25,000 bond and was released pending further court proceedings. Apparently, the man also has previous convictions for larceny and possessing stolen property.

Weapons offenses, especially when they are upgraded to felonies, certainly carry severe penalties for convictions. When facing such charges in North Carolina, it is best to have a strong defense strategy in place to maximize the opportunity for a positive outcome. The assistance of an attorney is highly a recommended element of any defense plan.

Source:, "Deputies say gun at Craven Community College was loaded", Oct. 16, 2017

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