A Stetson University student was arrested Wednesday after telling a security officer in a campus parking lot that he had a firearm in his car and had smoked marijuana, a report stated.
Preston Barrow pulled into a handicap space with a blown tire before 3 a.m. and was confronted by a security officer. The 20-year-old is charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a felony, and possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
DeLand police were called around 2:47 a.m. Wednesday to Nemec Hall, on campus at 343 E. Arizona Ave. The incident report states that Barrow had the rifle, described as an SKS-style semi-automatic, in his vehicle because he had planned on going shooting the next day after he took a test. Barrow had also said he picked up the weapon from a friend in Orange City and brought it with him to the campus, police said.
“Stetson University has a strict weapons policy that prohibits the possession of weapons — including firearms — on campus," university spokeswoman Janie Graziani said. "Barrow was immediately interimly suspended, meaning he is not allowed to return to campus."
Graziani went on to say that Barrow will be afforded a hearing to answer for the alleged code of conduct violation, but the process could take several months.
“Students are informed of the weapons policy before they come to campus," she continued. "As far as Stetson is concerned, there is no confusion about the meaning of the policy or its enforcement.”
The rifle was kept inside a "soft shell rifle case" in the hatchback area of the car, police said. The magazine was not attached to the rifle and neither the rifle nor the magazine contained any ammunition, but 27 rounds were discovered throughout the inside of the vehicle, the report stated.
A small amount of marijuana and various glass and plastic pipes also were found in the car, police said.
Barrow of Panama City Beach was released Wednesday after posting $3,500 bail. Barrow did not return a phone message left at his number.
Last month in Daytona Beach, a member of Bethune-Cookman University security noticed an AR-15 rifle in a car on campus. The car belonged to student Ronald Jacques, 20. He was arrested and has been suspended by the school.
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