Kevin Ouwenga, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after NIU police searched his room at the New Hall West dorm and found a disassembled AR-15 rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, along with some ammunition, NIU Police Chief Thomas Phillips said.
A university worker sorting packages Tuesday noticed one addressed to Ouwenga that bore the return address of a weapons company. The worker alerted NIU police, who made a consensual search of Ouwenga’s dorm room and found the guns, Phillips said.
Although Ouwenga has a valid firearm owner’s identification card, NIU bans guns on all school grounds, said Phillips. Ouwenga is a combat veteran of the Iraq war and is a first-semester student at NIU, the chief said.
NIU released a statement Wednesday saying it had banned Ouwenga from campus until the completion of a judicial review process.