DuPage Co. (ECWd) -
The final element of the very fist tip we received has now been validated! Our whistle blower laid out a foundation of numerous inappropriate spending from Herricane Graphics, Breuder boozing, hotel nights and a firearm being purchased and given to outgoing Foundation Chair Hank Steinbrecher. (COD Foundation Expense Report - Note the date and amount)
We have now finally been able to confirm that Breuder purchased this weapon on 6/25/2013 for 610.30 (rifle and case) and used the COD Foundation credit card to purchase the weapon. (Credit Card Statement)
He purchased the weapons from North East Trade Co. out of Muncy, PA and had it shipped to the COD Address. In addition, he paid extra for overnight shipping. (Invoices from North East Trade Co.)
The rush was for the recognition dinner at the Waterleaf on 6/27/2013, which we assume is where the transfer of the weapon took place. (Waterleaf expense report and extra shipping charge receipt for the gun)
Now the question becomes the legality of that purchase and transfer. Considering the gun is a replica of a pre-1898 weapon, federal law does not require any back ground checks or FFL transfer as antique firearms are not considered firearms for purposes of the Gun Control Act and none of the import regulations apply to the importation of antique firearms.
However,The Federal Gun Free Zone Act becomes problematic for Breuder when it comes to having this gun shipped to himself on COD campus.
Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2)(A) states:
It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.
COD Board Policy 15-40 states:
The shipping information on this weapon reflects Breuder violated the law in two ways. The first based on the fact he had it shipped to himself in a GUN FREE zone which violates Federal Law. The second in the fact he directly violated COD board policy by having this gun shipped to the COD Campus address.
Other Illinois laws apply to the transfer of this weapon, however, it is very clear by the paper trail, Dr. Robert Breuder violated both Federal Law and COD Board Policy by possessing a firearm on the COD Campus.
I am confident that the FBI and other Federal authorities will take an interest in this finding. I would hope that the COD Board would also take this very serious as a cause of action to terminate Breuder for cause as he clearly violated policy once again.
As if a College President having a gun shipped to campus in direct violation of the law and COD policy is not disturbing enough, we also have records that reflect Breuder spent COD Foundation money on killing deer, shooting birds, and more lavish meals and drinks at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation.
Those dollar figures are astounding and will be exposed in an upcoming article.
In response to a comment from one of our readers, which we appreciate, the federal law, as I pointed out, does not consider this rifle to be a firearm. Although Illinois does consider it a firearm by definition, it is possible the Federal Law would not be applicable from a strict application of the definition as it relates to the Gun Free Zone Act.
In regards to his assertion conceal carry would allow his actions, conceal carry DOES NOT give them an exemption that is applicable to a long gun and even if he does posses a conceal carry, Illinois law forbids weapons on public property. The federal citation states: if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license; The state DOES NOT license people to carry guns on campus.
Although the federal law does not consider the replica a "firearm" by definition in the Gun Control Act, Illinois law does consider it a Firearm. "Firearm" means any device, by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas or escape of gas by definition.
It is possible the Federal Gun Free Zone act may not apply in this case and we will provide a substantial application of state law in relation to gun free zones at schools as clarification and correction to this article.