WSU police ending student gun storage service, citing new state law

The Washington State University Police Department will end its gun storage service for students.

Stricter gun control laws in Washington are forcing the move, reported Pullman Radio. Under new laws, agencies that store firearms for the public must now conduct a background check on the owners when they go to retrieve their guns.

Assistant Chief Steve Hansen told Pullman Radio it is not feasible for the department to conduct background checks every time a student wants to retrieve their firearm, when those checks take three to five days.

The WSUPD has been storing firearms for students for decades since guns are not allowed on campus. The department normally stores around 50 guns.

Hansen said students were notified by university housing last week. Students began moving into campus housing on Saturday and class resumes Monday the 19th.

WSUPD’s decision to end firearm storage means there is no place for students to legally store their guns on campus.

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