MU reacts to university policy after accidental shooting

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 08 2016 Jun 8, 2016 Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:45:00 PM CDT June 08, 2016 in News
By: Nina Amedin, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Michael Stout, the man who shot himself in the leg on the University of Missouri campus Tuesday, will not be charged. 

"There is not a criminal offense in this," said Brian Weimer, MUPD Major. "There's university rules and violations about having firearms on campus. This weapon was in his car, it wasn't concealed on him. It was in his vehicle the entire time, it wasn't brandished at anybody."

Stout was in his car showing a friend his gun and accidentally fired a bullet into his left leg.

Stout was on campus demonstrating a smoothie machine.

The University of Missouri's gun policy specifically states, "The possession of and discharge of firearms, weapons and explosives on university property including University farms is prohibited except in regularly approved programs or by university agents or employees in the line of duty."

Stout is not a student or employee of the university.

Christian Basi, MU News Bureau Associate Director, said MU's policy is not law, and there was no criminal action in this incident. 

"There's university policy, which if you're a university student, employee, staff and you would violate the policy, action could be taken against you," Weimer said. 

Basi also said that if he were a student or employee of the university he would have faced disciplinary action. 

"It's pretty well known that firearms are prohibited on campus," Weimer said.

One MU student said he's never heard of a gun policy on campus. 

"I had not heard of a policy. It's kind of like one of those unspoken policies that you should probably know about," Kyle Lewis said. But, "the last thing you think of is that a student is carrying a gun. You just never know what someone is thinking."

"We've ran across people that may not know it at time, so we simply educate them," Weimer said. "We give them the option to leave with the weapon, we've even stored weapons for people while they may have legitimate business on campus. There are students that come that like to hunt, so we provide free storage of those firearms. They check them in and out." 

Lewis said there are ways that the university could better inform the MU community and those visiting the campus of the gun policy. 

"The best way to communicate that would be to put signs up on campus, on the edges of campus, as you're entering campus to clearly state 'no guns on campus'," Lewis said.  

"There's been a lot of gun issues at a lot of other campuses and the last thing you'd want to see is for it to come here to Missouri, a place where there is a lot of social unrest, a lot of disturbances," he said. 

Lewis also said the university does a good job of informing students of campus threats via MU-Alert, an email and texting service, but thinks there is more the university could do. 

"I think that they could have seminars to get students involved in making this campus a lot safer, make it feel like a more welcoming environment."

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's governor is cutting another $209 million from this year's budget in response to declining... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:34:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Columbia Public Schools superintendent Peter Stiepleman on Monday about the bond measure voters will... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:22:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi on Monday " condemned recent acts of racism around... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:05:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - At 1:50 a.m. on May 31, Columbia Police officers responded to a shots fired call on the 400... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:14:01 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:00:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - When voters head to the polls for municipal elections Tuesday, things will look a little different. With... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 3:16:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— COVID-19 drive-thru testing is taking place at Hickman High School today and tomorrow between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:36:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Hours before the start of scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the Missouri... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
HELENA, Mont. ( Independent Record ) -- Helena teen Bella Nyman joined a rather exclusive group when a box of... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:46:34 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:03:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Dollar General off of Clark Lane was surrounded by smoke early Monday morning. The Columbia Fire... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:23:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters blocked off the intersection of Broadway and Providence late Sunday night in protest of George Floyd's death.... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:09:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters in mid-Missouri gathered in Columbia and Boonville Sunday to protest police brutality following the death of George... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:01:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One resident of The Bluffs tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday after a facility wide testing, according to a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:45:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - One man from Jefferson City was transported to a hospital with serious injuries after a police pursuit... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:22:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
FULTON - SERVE Inc. is asking for more volunteers and more supplies for their food pantry. Despite challenges like... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:51:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
(CNN) - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has opened its hatch, linking the spacecraft with the International Space Station. Astronauts... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:16:14 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
FERGUSON, Mo. — Police and protesters clashed outside the Ferguson Police Department as protests over the death... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
10pm 74°
11pm 73°
12am 72°
1am 70°