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Raleigh man accused of bringing weapons onto NC State

Posted January 7, 2013
Updated January 8, 2013

— A Raleigh man has been arrested on several charges stemming from accusations that he took weapons onto the North Carolina State University campus.

Steven Patrick O'Connell, 56, of 6909 River Run in Raleigh, is charged with three counts of having a gun on educational property and one count of having weapons on campus.

Arrest warrants allege that O'Connell was in possession of a Gerber Mark II knife, two axes and an unloaded Colt Delta Elite 10mm handgun while he was on the property of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine on Friday.

Warrants also indicate that a black Colt AR-15 rifle was found in his Toyota Tacoma truck.

O'Connell was released from the Wake County jail Monday evening after posting a $12,500 bond.

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  • ltbarkley Jan 9, 7:25 p.m.

    The ar15 was brand new and still in the box. Interesting that detail has
    Changed. Hard to see how that was a threat. I can't say I blame this guy for having the handguns in his locker but at the same time it is illegal.

    I also bet it was a coworker that wanted him out of the way and did it for spite.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 8, 6:39 p.m.

    "Unless you're a law officer you can't have guns on a school or college campus in NC. At all. None. Nunca. Nada. It's the law. "

    So? The Feds and the State choose to not enforce lots of laws. What is so special about this law?

  • whatelseisnew Jan 8, 6:37 p.m.

    COmplete nonsense. We need to be rid of these Gun-free zones immediately.

  • Relic Jan 8, 5:35 p.m.

    Unless you're a law officer you can't have guns on a school or college campus in NC. At all. None. Nunca. Nada. It's the law. You know, one of those "current gun laws" that "we should enforce" rather than making "new laws"? He broke them. He's arrested. Next story...

  • WageSlave Jan 8, 5:17 p.m.

    More context please! Is the man an employee of NCSU? Was he there in his work truck with animal? That would explain two axes. The gun was unloaded. Was this sinister or just happen stance?
    djofraleigh

    Yea he did all of the Necropsy for the vet school. The Tacoma is his personal vehicle. With exception of the AR, the things he has in his truck are no different than a lot of the things people carry in their trucks. He just was foolish enough to get caught on campus with them.

  • djofraleigh Jan 8, 4:52 p.m.

    More context please! Is the man an employee of NCSU? Was he there in his work truck with animal? That would explain two axes. The gun was unloaded. Was this sinister or just happen stance?

  • Jonny 2nuts Jan 8, 4:36 p.m.

    trianglerelic that is all great and people should be able to own AR-15's, but there is no reason to have an AR at work along with 2 other handguns. Especially not on school grounds that do not allow firearms.

  • Jonny 2nuts Jan 8, 4:27 p.m.

    Allegations??? I guess when it comes to guns, you are guilty until proven innocent.-Crew Dog

    Umm the guy was found with 3 firearms and 3 other weapons in his possession, he will not be guilty of the charges until he goes to court. I don't know how he isn't guilty since the guns were his, in his possession on property that does not allow firearms or weapons.

  • Nope Jan 8, 4:22 p.m.

    "Read the Dick act of 1902,where you'll learn that it specifies every able bodied man as the unorganized militia. You always argue against the second amendment but fail to realize this clarifies it."

    Yes, and if you read the act (really the Militia Act of 1903) you will see that the second amendment applies to the well-regulated militia (not the unorganized militia) which is defined by the act as the National Guard: "SEC. 3. That the regularly enlisted, organized, and uniformed active militia in the several States and Territories and the District of Columbia who have heretofore participated or shall hereafter participate in the apportionment of the annual appropriation provided by section sixteen hundred and sixty‐one of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as amended, whether known and designated as National Guard, militia, or otherwise, shall constitute the organized militia." The aim of the Militia act is to give the president the control of the National Guard.

  • WageSlave Jan 8, 4:09 p.m.

    Do I also need a license and permits for the howitzer I am planning on installing in my front yard?
    piene2

    You can never be to safe right?

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