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School to review gun policy

Monday - 11/11/2013, 6:20pm  ET

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) University in Washington state is going to review its weapons policy.

This, after two students who used a pistol to chase an intruder from their apartment door found themselves on probation for having guns -- in violation of a ban on firearms in university-owned housing.

The school's president says Gonzaga is "a Jesuit institution dedicated to thoughtful evaluation of complex social issues," and that it will use the incident to re-examine its policy on guns.

A lawyer for students Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh says the school should consider student safety above all else.

The students say a homeless man who came to their door last month was demanding money and trying to force his way inside. Fagan says he offered the man a blanket and a can of food, but no cash, and that the man became agitated and combative.

McIntosh says he came downstairs with a loaded Glock pistol, and the homeless man took off.

The men called police and campus security -- who the next day confiscated the pistol and a shotgun.

The students say they are glad they weren't expelled, but that they are appealing their probation because they don't want it on their records.

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214-c-21-(Doug Esser, AP correspondent)-"on their records"-AP correspondent Doug Esser reports Gonzaga University is reviewing its policies after two students got in trouble for using a pistol to drive away an intruder from their university-owned apartment. (11 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO WASPO101: Erik Fagan, left, and Dan McIntosh stand in the doorway at their apartment in the Gonzaga University neighborhood on Nov. 8, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. They face expulsion for having a gun in a campus apartment, which they used to repel a pushy homeless man who came to their door two weeks ago. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT (8 Nov 2013)

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