Rossville OKs guns on school grounds

Rossville Consolidated School District okays guns on school grounds.
Rossville Consolidated School District okays 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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