Rossville OKs guns on school grounds

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) – Rossville Consolidated School District is the first school system in Clinton County to OK guns on school grounds.

“What the board approved was complying with the law which allows a patron to store their gun or firearm in their locked vehicle,” Superintendent Jim Hanna said.

It was a decision Hanna said was out of the corporation’s hands.

“The state legislator made that allowance so we had to follow the law,” Hanna said.

In March, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a step to allow guns on school property. Guns must be out of sight and locked inside cars. The person must have a permit to carry the firearm.

State Rep. Sheila Klinker said the move to legalize guns on school property came after a man was charged with a felony when a gun was visible inside of his car while visiting a school near Indianapolis.

“It was not loaded, but it still was showing and the resource officer was very concerned about that because it was not locked up. He received a Class C felony,” Klinker said.

Hanna said he wanted to keep the old policy — no guns allowed on school grounds.

“I would have preferred, myself, that they not be allowed on school grounds,” Hanna said. “I think it makes things safer. I know you have the argument the other way, but the legislators are the ones that made that decision. It’s not in our hands locally to make that decision anymore.”

Klinker said she supports the move and says it tightens up gun laws.

“Actually, it causes people to not bring guns on property unless they definitely have a permit, and it must be under lock,” Klinker said.

The law goes into effect July 1, 2014. Guns are still prohibited inside of schools.

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