Gonzaga to reconsider gun policy following public backlash

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga's president says the school may reconsider their gun policy, following backlash after two students faced expulsion for having a gun in their apartment.

In a statement released late Saturday night, President Thayne M. McCulloh says it 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."

He has asked the school's vice president of student development to work with other students "to facilitate a campus dialogue focused on this issue."

Currently, however, the Student Handbook and its Code of Conduct are in effect, leaving a grey area for two students who say having a gun saved their lives.

The Gonzaga students told police when John Taylor, a six-time convicted felon, knocked on their door asking for money, they knew he was going to force his way in to their apartment.

Student Dan McIntosh drew his weapon, and Taylor immediately fled.

The student handbook says students may not have handguns on campus or university owned property, and university officials explain the policy is in place for student safety.

McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun, and did not know it was in violation of school policy at the time.

Police confiscated the gun, and the university discipline board decided to move forward with sanctions, including possible expulsion for the Oct. 24 incident.