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June 23, 2014

Guns to be allowed in school parking lots

Law goes into effect July 1

A new state gun law will allow firearms in locked cars in school parking lots.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law March 26, and it goes into effect July 1. It says a person who has firearm license is permitted to bring it on school grounds if it’s locked either in a trunk, in a glove compartment or out of plain sight in a car.

Now, local schools are figuring out how to adjust to the new law. Dan Foster, Eastern Pulaski Superintendent, said the school board met to discuss the gun law June 9.

He said the board has mixed opinions on the law, but Foster has a strong opinion.

“I don’t want them,” Foster said. “I don’t want any part of them.”

Kenneth Gifford, president of the Cass County chapter of the Izaak Walton League, said more people keep rifles in their cars during hunting season. But they are usually locked up in the trunk and unloaded.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, there were 5,596 hunting licenses in Cass County for 2012.

Gifford said the Izaak Walton League teaches hunter education.”We teach the proper and safe way of using any type of firearm,” he said.

In addition to hunters, many adults in the county can conceal and carry a firearm.

According to Indiana State Police, there were 3,334 Cass County citizens with a firearm license as of the first quarter of 2014.

State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, voted in favor of the bill, which he said protects law-abiding citizens.

“The fact that it was illegal to have a gun in a car on school property didn’t stop anyone from doing something wrong,” Head said.

Head also wants citizens to know that only adults can carry firearms in their cars, not students, unless the student needs it for a shooting class sanctioned by a school.

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