Stanford campus on alert after report of armed man

Police: Situation not an emergency, but community asked to be vigilant

After a man was reportedly seen on the Stanford University campus Tuesday evening with what a witness believed to be a gun, the Stanford Police Department is asking members of the campus community to be on the lookout.

A person reported seeing the man just after 8 p.m. from about 50 feet away. The man was standing near Dinkelspiel Auditorium and drinking from a green bottle, with what appeared to be a black handgun nearby on the ground, police stated in an announcement.

When deputies arrived to investigate, neither the man nor a gun could be located. There have been no additional reports of an armed individual, police stated.

As a precautionary measure, Stanford Police are asking the Stanford community to be on the lookout for anyone matching the witness's description of the man. He was a white male in his 30s with short, dark-brown hair; a clean-shaven face; and a distinctively large nose and bulging eyes. He was reported to be wearing khaki shorts and a T-shirt of an unknown color.

People who see this individual or anyone else carrying a gun are asked to call 911.

In spite of the warning, without further sightings of the person, police said at 10 p.m. there was no ongoing threat to the community.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Granger
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 29, 2015 at 2:45 am

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

What would be the crime? I am not sure of the law here. If the gun is on the ground is it in his possession? Are people allowed to carry guns around?

I am not being difficult, but I would like to know what the law is. I am very against guns and gun ownership. I know they can be kept in homes, but what is the law about taking them to say a shooting range or a gun store? Do they have to be kept out of sight if the owner is taking them from A to B?

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Posted by legal beagle
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

It's illegal to carry a gun around in public in California, unless you have a concealed carry permit or are law enforcement.

Based on what the witness said, this man was obviously not concealing the weapon.

You also can't transport a gun unless it's in a locked container.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm


There is a specific provision in California state law that prohibits carrying of firearms onto University campuses, ยง626.9 PC, sometimes called the "Gun-Free School Zone Act".

Dinkelspiel Auditorium is on the grounds of Stanford University.

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Posted by everyone
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

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