If this is such a big deal, why does the school allow the musket/rifle/whatever to leave campus/football facility?
They're probably wondering that right now.
Wouldn't be surprised if they wised-up and had it locked up on campus and the mascot can take it out that day for the game but then has to return it. Pretty crazy - legal liability-wise - they gave him a live working rifle which he apparently had carte blanche with on his personal time.
Hell, schools do this with most school property or regular equipment - I doubt you can drive that University-owned campus tour golf cart home.
Anything the school issues that has a danger for injuring others or themselves.
This post was edited on 12/10 at 1:04 pm