Current Indiana law creates dangerous traps for people exercising their Second Amendment rights. More than one in nine adults in the Hoosier State have a license to carry a handgun. Carrying handguns in Indiana has become common, legal, and safe. Unfortunately, Indiana still has some archaic laws that were created when gun control was more in fashion and these laws create traps for the law abiding gun owner. One such trap is the inadvertently constructed “roving school zone” . . .
Under current law, students who go to a facility for educational purposes create a “roaming school zone” where firearms are forbidden. The zone stays around them as they move about. A legal gun owner could be minding her own business, sitting on a bench in a zoo, for example, when a group of students on a field trip approaches. She has just committed a felony because she now possesses a firearm in a “roaming school zone“. A proposed law, SB229, removes this absurd construction.
Another trap is the school parking lot. If an adult goes to a school parking lot to drop off or pick up a student, or for any other reason, and have a firearm with them, they have committed a felony. The reform clarifies that the school parking lot is not the school, eliminating that trap.
One last section of the law prevents public funds from being wasted by destroying valuable assets (firearms) for political theater. Instead of being destroyed, guns received by public agencies would be sold and the proceeds used for public benefit.
The reform bill, SB229, passed the Indiana Senate on 28 February 28-21. It then passed the House on March 3 with a 74-24 majority and some minor changes. A good way to tell the effectiveness of the bill is the fact that it’s being strongly opposed by the old Indiana Media as well as the local chapter of Moms Demand Action.
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