It's come to my attention there is some confusion surrounding a new law regarding guns on school property. Below is some information on Senate Enrolled Act 229 that you may find helpful.
There are many out there who mistakenly think that SEA 229 will allow the general public or students to bring guns into school or on school buses. However, that is not the case. Guns are still prohibited from being in schools, buildings, buses or any event held on school grounds at which students are present.
Instead, SEA 229 allows licensed permit holders to keep their guns concealed and locked in their cars in a school parking lot. Prior to this new law, this was considered a felony, even if the gun was legally possessed and never left the car.
There are very limited exceptions where the principal can authorize students participating in a shooting sports team to have a gun locked in their cars, or for law enforcement or school resource officers to carry their duty weapons while in the building.
SEA 229 simply ensures that law-abiding citizens are not unjustifiably subject to arrest in these situations. It will continue to keep our schools a safe place for students to learn while preserving Hoosiers' Second Amendment rights.
If you have any questions or comments on this legislation, please call my office at 1-800-382-9467.