Student fights college on suspension over gun
Story Published: Feb 27, 2009 at 2:08 PM PST
Story Updated: Feb 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM PST
Jeff Maxwell doesn't plan to go away quietly following the suspension. He's pushing back on the university’s weapons policy.
A rally for Maxwell took place in Salem on Friday in support of Maxwell.
“They can’t just run over people like this. You can’t just make up your own rules to trump state law,” Maxwell told KATU News.
He says he wasn't breaking any laws and that the school was in the wrong. He was carrying a knife and gun in a building on campus. A charge against him was later dropped but he was suspended from the school.
Maxwell, who is an ex-Marine, has a concealed handgun license allowing him to legally carry a firearm in public places.
But universities across the state have a "no-weapons" rule on campus. The conflict lies between the university's decision not to allow weapons and a state law that, some say, supersedes university rules.
Maxwell plans to fight to see that state law is upheld and that anyone with a concealed handgun license can carry a weapon on Oregon college campuses.
The school has told Maxwell he must write a paper and submit to a mental evaluation before he can return to classes.
Maxwell is appealing that decision.
Two local Republican politicians have written letters in support of Maxwell and asked school officials to abide by state laws.
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