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AR-15 rifle confiscated from WashU fraternity house; student temporarily suspended

In this AP file photo from June 24, 2016, an AR-15 is held in Auburn, Ga.
In this AP file photo from June 24, 2016, an AR-15 is held in Auburn, Ga. AP

An AR-15 semi-automatic weapon and a handgun were confiscated from a fraternity member at Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The student was temporarily suspended from the university, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton told the Post-Dispatch. The AR-15 was found during a search of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, and the handgun was found in a car parked in a university garage. Both guns belonged to the same student.

Wrighton sent out an email statement to the university, calling the situation a "very serious violation of university policy." There was no active threat to the university, and the guns were confiscated, Wrighton said.

He reminded students of the university's policy on guns: "The possession, storage or use of firearms, knives, ammunition and other dangerous weapons is prohibited on all University property. Employees are strictly prohibited from carrying concealed weapons on University property and may not store weapons or ammunition in vehicles located in University parking facilities. All such items are subject to confiscation."

A Carbondale middle school student brought an unloaded airsoft gun to school earlier this week, according to WISL.

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