MTSU student found in possession of gun - WKRN News 2

MTSU student found in possession of gun

Posted: Updated: Feb 28, 2013 05:22 PM

Officials at Middle Tennessee State University are looking into whether a student violated policy by possessing a firearm in his dorm room.

Campus police last week noticed a vehicle parked on campus that "appeared as emergency lights, a spot light, a cage, handcuffs and other equipment a law enforcement officer would use in the vehicle," according to a report by MTSU police.

Officers learned the car was registered to Joshua Nelson, 22, a student at the university.

Nelson, a criminal justice major, is also an elected constable from Hickman County. MTSU police made contact with the Nelson, who advised them he was in possession of a pistol.

Under Tennessee state law, constables are permitted to make arrests and carry a gun. However, campus policy prohibits weapons in residential halls.

The case was referred to a judicial affairs committee at MTSU to determine if the student can continue to possess a weapon on campus.

Nelson was asked to remove the handgun from campus during that process.

"We are trying to determine whether there is any exception, either in our housing policy or within state law, that would allow this student, as a constable, to keep that gun," said Jimmy Hart, MTSU Director of News and Media Relations.

"There is no violation, criminal or otherwise, in reference to my conduct at MTSU," Nelson said in an email to Nashville's News 2. "As a constable in the state of Tennessee, I have full police powers and I did not misuse them. I never endangered anyone at MTSU."

It was not immediately known when a decision would be made regarding the issue.

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