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

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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