Gonzaga University Campus Security has returned two guns it confiscated from university students Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh after they fended off a man trying to force his way into their off-campus apartment.
But while they have their guns back, the university’s Discipline Review Board said their return carried a condition: The guns can’t be stored at the men’s Gonzaga residence or any other property owned or operated by Gonzaga University.
We reported Wednesday about the men’s experience — which demonstrates yet again why you should never call police — after McIntosh drew his gun on a homeless man who was confronting Fagan at their apartment door. Fagan had tried to placate the man by offering him food and a blanket. When the intruder saw the gun, he fled.
The men called police who later arrested a suspect — who happened to be a six-time felon with an assault conviction as part of his rap sheet — as he was trying to burglarize a nearby home. Police officers commended the men’s action; but campus security, which was called because Gonzaga leases the building and uses it for off-campus student housing, determined their guns violated university policy. The guns were confiscated hours later.
Fagan and McIntosh retrieved their weapons Tuesday night after a reporter from KHQ-TV told them the station had received an email from the university stating the men could retrieve their guns immediately.
Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh promised “thoughtful evaluation” of the school’s gun policy. Apparently, he has not yet thought about how the two men, who say their neighborhood is unsafe and doesn’t have the same security that on-campus students have, are going to protect themselves from the next potential intruder.