Guns returned to Gonzaga students sanctioned for defending themselves during home invasion

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

Two students at Gonzaga University have had their guns returned to them by university security officials, after they were confiscated when used to successfully fend off a home invasion late this past October.

KHQ-TV reports that Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh were given back their respective pistol and shotgun so long as they are not stored on campus property.

McIntosh, who possesses a concealed carry permit, brandished his pistol on October 24 to ward off a man at his front door demanding money.

University officials claim the students violated of their weapons policy, which prohibits the possession of firearms in university owned dorms or apartments.

The Washington Times reports that the university moved forward with sanctions against the students on Friday, which could include expulsion.

The Times also reports that university president Thayne McCulloh said on Saturday the school is reconsidering its gun policy.

“…an opportunity to do some important work, as a community: to objectively re-examine our firearms policy and openly debate perspectives and contextual issues with an eye towards an honest and open review of the same,” he said.

University spokesman Pete Tormey told Campus Reform in a voicemail on Wednesday they are not commenting any further on this issue and are focused on student safety.

“We wish to reiterate our focus on keeping students and the surrounding community safe. We are very grateful no one was harmed in this recent situation. At this point the university is moving forward to engage the campus community about safety and related issues,” said Tormey.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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