Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Guns In Locked Vehicles On School Grounds
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Teachers and students parking at school or parents coming to pick up their child will be allowed to have a gun in their vehicle on school property.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 229 into law Wednesday. The new law taking effect July 1 allows guns to be kept in vehicles on school property as long as the firearm is locked away and out of sight. Not doing so would result in a Class A misdemeanor.
The law, co-authored by National Rifle Association board member and local State Senator Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg), says that students may only transport a gun to school if they are a member of a shooting club or have school permission.
The debate over the legislation was heated as it made its way through the legislature this past winter. Opponents of the new law say more guns on school property makes schools less safe, but supporters say it will prevent gun permit-holding citizens who unknowingly commit a felony by bringing a gun in their vehicle when they arrive at school to drop off, pick up, or attend a school function.
SEA 229 has a second provision that prohibits law enforcement agencies from conducting gun buy back programs unless they are funded by private funds or grants, not public funds.