Gonzaga Students Have Firearms Returned to Them Following Confiscation by Campus Security

November 13 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to KHQ, two Gonzaga students have been allowed to pick up their firearms after they were (possibly illegally) confiscated by campus security following a defensive gun use (see original story below).

As we previously reported as well, the two students will not be suspended or expelled, but were placed on probation with the university. The university has also pledged to review its policy which bans guns in university owned housing.

From KHQ,

Gonzaga students Dan McIntosh and Erik Fagan have now acquired their weapons that were taken from them by campus security four hours after they fended off a home intruder on October 24th. Weapons any place on the G.U. campus or at any university residence is prohibited. McIntosh said that they did not know they could pick them up immediately until KHQ informed them of an e-mail we received from the university stating that they could have their guns back. The only restriction was that the students had to move the weapons off campus to a non-university residence which would be in compliance with the weapons policy.

Prior Coverage:

Late last week we reported on a pair of Gonzaga University students who were facing disciplinary action for having firearms at their university owned apartment (original story below) after they called police to report that a possible intruder was scared away by one of the roommates drawing his concealed handgun (he has a permit).

According to USA Today, the pair of students is not being expelled or suspended, but were being placed on probation. This means that any violation of the school’s policies could result in their expulsion or suspension from school.

This is obviously good news. Furthermore, according to the article, the university will be reconsidering their policy of not allowing weapons in university owned housing,

“As a Jesuit institution dedicated to thoughtful evaluation of complex social issues,” Gonzaga will use the incident to re-examine its policy, President Thayne McCulloh said in a weekend statement.

The pair of students, who had a shotgun and Glock handgun confiscated by police following the incident, say their guns were illegally confiscated and are fighting to get them back.

Original Story:

A pair of Gonzaga students feel they are being unfairly punished after they used a legal handgun to defend themselves against a convicted felon at their university owned apartment, which, according to reports is off the university campus.

The pair called police to report an incident that occurred in late October. A man, described by police as convicted felon several times over, knocked on the door of the apartment.

When one of the resident answered, the suspect attempted to coerce money from the student. When he refused, the suspect attempted to force entry into the apartment. That’s when the resident showed that he was armed and the suspect immediately fled.

The residents of the apartment immediately called police who promptly responded to the incident. According to NWCN, local police commended the pair on how they handled the situation, however, campus police had a different opinion,

The men called the Spokane Police Department and Campus Security. Police told them they did the right thing according to the roommates. Campus Security came back hours later. Security officers said they knocked but nobody answers. The roommates said that is when the security guard used a master key and came into their apartment.

Campus Security officers told the roommates that they violated GU policy and took the pistol. They also confiscated a shotgun the roommates had in their apartment.

Now the pair of roommates is facing expulsion under a university weapons policy that apparently applies to off campus university housing as well as the campus itself.

I suppose Gonzaga University would have preferred that these two young men subject themselves to a home invasion by a convicted felon rather than prevent a crime by the mere presence of a firearm in the apartment.

It should also be mentioned that the student who owned the handgun was also a state licenses concealed carry permit holder.

According to POLITIX,

The incident, which at first brought the two some measure of local fame – the man in question, later identified as John Taylor, was picked up by police on outstanding felony warrants – soon after embroiled Fagan and Mcintosh in some unexpected campus retribution.

Whatever happens, we’re filing this one under documented defensive gun use.

This is yet another great example of a defensive gun use in which no shots were fired, no one was hurt, and the bad guy ended up behind bars. Because of these facts, this incident will likely not be included in most “gun violence” studies as most of studies only look at defensive gun uses in which someone was killed or shot.

Sources: WNCN, The Blaze, KHQ, POLITIX, KXLY

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