Freshman suspended after rifle discovered

Semiautomatic weapon found in college dorm

19-year-old arrested

November 08, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Western Maryland College freshman was arrested Monday after a semiautomatic assault rifle was found in his dormitory room, Westminster police said yesterday. He also was suspended from the college pending a hearing by the Honor and Conduct Board.

Glenn Wynn Robinson, 19, of Peach Bottom, Pa., was arrested by city police and charged with one count of possession of a regulated firearm by a person under the age of 21, police said. He was later released on personal recognizance, police said.

According to court documents, Robinson told police that he had the gun, a Romanian SAR-1 AK47-type semiautomatic assault rifle, to shoot at his uncle's farm in Maryland. He also told police he had a permit for the gun in Pennsylvania, according to court documents.

But it is against the law for someone younger than age 21 to own such a weapon in Maryland, said Capt. Randy Barnes of Westminster police. The gun and the 110 rounds of ammunition found with it were seized.

Robinson is charged with a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and five years in jail, according to the Carroll County state's attorney's office.

Robinson was suspended from the school immediately, college spokesman Donald W. Schumaker Jr. said.

"This is something we take very seriously," Schumaker said. The school's code of conduct prohibits students from having "unauthorized possession or use of firearms or facsimile ... or other weapons on college-owned or college-supervised property," he said.

Robinson will have to appear at a hearing of the school's Honor and Conduct Board, which is made up of faculty members and students. The hearing date has not been set.

The minimum sanction Robinson could receive from the school would be suspension until fall 2002, Schumaker said. The maximum sanction is expulsion.

Students don't often take guns to campus, but it has happened.

"Every year you might have one BB gun incident," said Schumaker. In 1999, a Western Maryland student was expelled for having a handgun on campus.

Calls to Robinson's dorm room and to his home in York County, Pa., were not returned yesterday.

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