- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The president of Gonzaga University in Washington state said the school may reconsider its gun policy following national criticism after two students faced possible expulsion for drawing a firearm on a home intruder.

The university discipline board decided on Friday to move forward with sanctions, including possible expulsion, against Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh for possessing a handgun on campus-owned property, My Fox Spokane reported.

The story quickly garnered headlines nationwide questioning why the students face punishment for simply protecting their own lives and property.

University President Thayne M. McCulloh said in a statement Saturday that this is “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.”

Mr. Fagan and Mr. McIntosh were at their apartment in Spokane on the evening of Oct. 24 when John Taylor, a felon with an extensive criminal history, tried to force his way into the apartment.

Mr. McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit, and he pulled out his pistol to intimidate the intruder. Taylor saw the gun and left the property, and Spokane police took later took him into custody, My Fox Spokane said.

In a statement to KAYU-TV, a university spokesman said the weapons policy was longstanding and had been put in place to reduce the number of threats to the school.

The school’s president has asked his vice president of student development to work with other students “to facilitate a campus dialogue focused on this issue,” KOMO News reported.

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