Gov. Mike Pence signs bill to allow guns in school parking lots
In line with his history of support for gun rights, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Wednesday a measure to allow adults to keep guns locked in their vehicles in school parking lots.
Without the fanfare of a ceremony like he held for the signing of bills to cut business taxes and assist veterans, Pence’s quiet approval came over the opposition of several school organizations that raised concerns the move would compromise safety.
Current law can make it a felony for legal gun-permit holders to even inadvertently have their guns in their vehicles while they drop off their children at school. The new law, which takes effect July 1, removes that prospect.
The National Rifle Association and lawmakers who supported the measure said the change was needed to protect the Second Amendment rights of legal gun carriers.
Some school groups questioned the decision.
“There’s been so much concern about school security and school safety, so why would we do something that has the potential of easily jeopardizing that with readily accessible guns in cars on school property?” asked JT Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
Under the new law, teachers, parents and school visitors can keep guns concealed and locked in their cars in school parking lots. Student gun club members also could have guns in their cars with permission from school principals.
Guns are still banned in school buildings and on school buses, lawmakers said.
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