Gonzaga Students Who Saved Themselves Rewarded By Probation, Gun Confiscation


Two Gonzaga University students who fended off a potential home invasion on Oct. 24 by brandishing a pistol were put on probation and had their weapons confiscated by campus security.

While they are relieved they weren’t suspended, they are now fighting their probation and seeking to have their weapons returned. They have filed a stolen property report, charging campus security with stealing their guns.

When a homeless man demanded money and tried to force his way into his apartment, Erik Fagan tried to appease him by offering a blanket and a can of food. Fagan said the man became belligerent and combative, so he shouted to roommate Daniel McIntosh, who brought Fagan’s 10mm Glock handgun downstairs. Fagan has a concealed weapons permit.

McIntosh said he drew on the intruder who took off when he saw the weapon. They then made the mistake of calling Spokane, Wash., police and campus security.

Police commended the men for using the proper amount of force to fend off a potential attack. But campus security returned the next day, hammered on their door and ordered them to give up their weapons. Security confiscated Fagan’s handgun and a shotgun McIntosh had for sport shooting.

It seems Fagan and McIntosh had run afoul of a campus policy that prohibits weapons on university-owned property, even though their apartment was off campus. Though they faced suspension or expulsion, the school put them on probation but warned they could be suspended for any future policy violation.

Fagan says the policy is unfair because their apartment is located in an unsafe neighborhood and they don’t have the same security as dorm students do. The incident showed a handgun was necessary to keep them safe, he said.

Police later arrested a suspect in the attempted home invasion. He’s John M. Taylor, 29, a six-time felon whose crimes have included riot with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful imprisonment. He was picked up after he was caught burglarizing a nearby home.

And by the way, in Washington, theft of a weapon is a class B felony. Any chance the campus security will be charged?

Commendably, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh said the incident opens the door to “thoughtful evaluation” of the school’s gun policy.

“I believe this to be an opportunity to do some important work as a community,” McCulloh said. “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.”

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  • vicki

    Since SCOTUS has determined that individual possession of firearms is a civil right they should charge the campus security under the laws governing civil right abuses.

    • Quester55

      Or Simply Run Them out of Town!

    • ChiefBoring

      SCOTUS has also determined that the police have no duty to protect individuals, but society as a whole. Thus the young men were wise to defend themselves, but perhaps a little naive to call the police after the fact.

  • podunk1

    How could anyone with an 8th grade education not understand one sentence
    with 27 unmistakable words and defy it, knowing it is a supreme law of the land that takes a ratified amendment to change anything about it? The Constitution is a covenant guaranteed TO and for the people, not government corruption. How many ways can government officials engage in sedition and treason without RECALL! Supporting, defending, etc.requires making sure laws are enforces, especially the supreme laws!

    Amendment II: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” IT’S NOT NEGOTIABLE!!!

    Constitution Article 6 Clause 3: “The Senators and Representatives before
    mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution…”

    Judicial (#2 of 2 oaths ) oath of office (all): I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.][62]” HOLD THEM TO IT – FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL!!!

    Put the fear of God, country, and Constitutional justice in any who will mock or defy the Constitution. Pass it on!

  • TexRancher

    First question: Who ordered the Campus police to go to their residence and seize their weapons? Since this location is “off campus” as stated in the report, by what authority does the Campus police have to enforce this rule?

    As it appears, these Kampus Kops far exceeded their authority and should be prosecuted just as any other thief.

    • Robert Messmer

      Off campus but owned by the school, therefore still school housing. If the school accepts any Federal/State money for anything, then that would work to make it an “agent” of the State and bound by the 2nd Amendment.

  • dan

    ….as I understood the situation : It was university owned property hence notifying
    the landlord brought the universities ‘security’representatives. There is some contractual obligation…hmmmm….there’s some sorting out to be done here.

  • Quester55

    Good thing My Friends & I don’t Go to that Communistic University, Or The Dean would be in need of a NEW Fireproof Home for Stealing my Lawfully Obtained Firearm!

  • Glen Graevell

    Campus police went to the apartment at 2 AM in the morning to seize the weapons. When the students didn’t respond to knocking and the ringing of the doorbell the Campus Police used a key to gain entry to the apartment and seize a pistol and shotgun. How about entering the apartment without a warrant or permission.

    • Robert Messmer

      Its part of “Student Policy” that Campus Police have unlimited right to enter school housing–the apartment is question is OWNED by the school even though not located on campus. Also their defence to “stealing the weapons”, policy is no weapons in school housing. Naturally you are bound to the Student Policy as long as you are a student.

  • rocketride

    I think that a lot of this would be fixed if any public or private organization that forbids its customers the RKBA were requires to protect them against attack. I.e. the campus police (and the school administration in general) would have an affirmative duty to defend anyone they require to be disarmed and could be sued for failing to so defend them. If they were to allow self-defense, they would be indemnified against such suits.

  • Cliffystones

    Glock makes a 10mm?

    • CommonSense4America

      Yes, they do. Go to Glock.com

      • Cliffystones

        Well I’ll be! I have a 19 myself. Here I thought the “10mm” was a typo. It’s probably easier ammo to find than 22lr right now.

    • Bill

      Yes, they do

  • Bill

    I guess the moral of the story is to just defend yourself and not tell anyone.

  • Jana

    I would let my kids finish out the semester and take them out of that college. Their lives are worth more than any stupid college’s policy!