SPOKANE, Wash.--The two Gonzaga University students who had their guns taken away in the middle of the night at their campus owned apartment have received their guns back.
The men were given back their guns on Tuesday according to the men. One gun belongs to Dan McIntosh. The other belongs to his roommate Erik Fagan. The men told KREM 2 News that their attorney will be holding their guns for now.
On October 24, a felon knocked on their apartment door asking for money according the roommates. One of the roommates brought out a gun to scare the felon away. That man was later arrested. Gonzaga officials said the students violated school policy by having a firearm on Gonzaga property.
Campus Security officers became concerned that the two students had guns on campus owned property and entered their apartment in the middle of the night and took them away from the students.
The University decided not to expel the students. They were put on probation instead.
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The students said Gonzaga might not actually own the apartment though. They are looking into what difference that would make if they appeal their probation. They do not want the probation on their academic record.
"We don't feel like we should have to carry that around with us, and be punished for something as simple as defending ourselves,” said Fagan.
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School leaders said they are allowed to enforce their weapons policy at the apartment.
"I am very confident that we are fully within our rights and responsibilities to manage this property appropriately for our students,” said Gonzaga University’s Executive Vice President Earl Martin.
Both sides agree on the need to talk about the policy. The University is working on a plan to discuss if changes are needed.