Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Guns In Vehicles On School Grounds
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Governor Pence has a bill on his desk that would allow school staff, visitors, and gun club students to keep guns locked in their vehicles parked on school property.
The final version of Senate Bill 229 passed the state Senate and House Thursday on largely party-line votes. The legislation co-authored by State Sen. Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) is now up to the governor to either veto or sign into law.
Under current law, people with a gun in their vehicle on school property are committing a felony, according to The Indianapolis Star. SB 229 says a gun must be locked and out of sight in a vehicle on school grounds, or else the owner could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. During conference committee this week, the bill was clarified to not allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a gun on school property or school buses.
The group Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence has voiced opposition to the bill, arguing that more guns near schools would lead to more gun violence in schools.
Senate Bill 229 also prevents Indiana police departments from holding gun “buyback” programs using public funds.