Campus weapons violations this year surpass 2015’s

There have been more weapons violations on campus in the first two months of 2016 than in all of last year, according to GW’s crime log.

There were a total of two weapons violations in January, and five so far during February. Three of the five violations in February occurred in West Hall, according to GW’s crime logs.

The number of weapons violations on campus has increasedslightly each year since 2011. There were six violations last year.

A female student in West Hall found a round of ammunition in a washing machine on Saturday, University Police Department Detective Matthew Robinson said in a meeting Wednesday.

UPD officers found a knife in a Munson Hall room last week after conducting a search while the residents were not in their room. At least one student was referred to GW’s disciplinary office in that incident, which also included drug and alcohol violations and the theft of a traffic cone and “Corcoran-labeled rug,” according to the University’s crime log.

University Police Department Chief RaShall Brackney said most of the illegal weapons on campus have been uncovered through room searches. She declined to indicate what could have caused the increased number of weapons violations on campus.

“GW is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment that supports the academic mission of the University,” Brackney said in an email.

She added that all students, faculty, staff and visitors are prohibited from possessing weapons on campus regardless of whether the person with the weapon has a state or federal license to possess it.

The University defines a weapons violation as “the violation of laws on ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons,” according to its annual security report.

UPD officers responded to a room in The Dakota earlier this month and confiscated a pair of brass knuckles. The student was referred to GW’s disciplinary office.

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