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Legislation Allowing Guns In School Parking Lots Passes

The bill allows parents to have a gun in a school parking lot if it is locked in a car and out of sight.

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Guns would still be banned from school property outside of parking lots.

Legislation allowing gun owners to keep their guns in their cars on school property is headed to the governor.

The bill approved by the legislature late Thursday would allow licensed gun owners to keep their guns locked and out of sight in their cars when the vehicles are in school parking lots, which is currently a felony.

It would not allow students to do the same, unless the students are members of a shooting team and have permission from the principal.

Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, says the bill helps ensure law-abiding citizens don’t inadvertently become felons.

“I think this remains a very reasonable balance between the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to exercise their right of self-protection, balance that with the safety of our schoolchildren,” Eberhart says.

But Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, says the bill is a solution in search of a problem.

“We are asking for trouble on something that is only imagined,” he says. “This is not a problem.”

A separate part of the bill says local governments and law enforcement agencies that conduct gun buyback programs may not use public funds to do so.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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