Reform of Indiana Gun Law Goes to Conference Committee

By Dean Weingarten

Roaming School Zone
Roaming School Zone
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( Current Indiana law creates dangerous traps for people exercising their second amendment rights.   More than 1 in 9 adults in Indiana have a license to carry a handgun.  Legally carrying handguns in Indiana has become common, legal, and has proven to be safe.  Unfortunately, Indiana has some archaic laws that were created when “gun control” was in fashion.  These laws create traps for the law abiding gun owner.   One trap in the law is the inadvertently constructed “roving school zone”.

In current law, students that 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 approach.   She has just committed a felony because she now possesses a firearm where it is forbidden by law, in the “roaming school zone“.   The 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, if they have their defensive 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 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 Senate on 28 February 28-21.  It passed the  the House on 3 March with a 74-24 majority and some minor changes.  It will be considered by the House/Senate conference committee this morning, 10 March, 2014, at 9 am.   Only a few days are left in the legislative session.

The reforms are being strongly opposed by the old Indiana Media.

Indiana Moms Against Gun Control has a summation here with contact information.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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