Vigo County students not allowed guns in parking lots

VIGO COUNTY, Ind (WTHI) – A new law recently added to the state of Indiana, allows legal gun owners to carry guns in their vehicle on school parking lots.

It’s a major change in the works for Hoosier schools come July 1st. But what does that mean for students?

Ray Azar, Director of Student Services for the Vigo County School Corporation says, “I believe this is a type of law that could be misunderstood and we don’t want some student to think that they could have a weapon on school grounds and then be disciplined for it.”

The new law states guns must be locked in a vehicle and hidden from sight.

Students are “not” allowed to leave guns in their cars unless they are members of a shooting club and have school permission. But at the start of the next school year that won’t matter for students.

“One thing we have to do is make sure students understand the rules. They’re not permitted to have guns or weapons on school campuses. That hasn’t changed any,” said Azar.

That’s because a student gun club does not exist in Vigo County Schools and not a single principal has given the ok.

Plus if it’s security that students or parents are worried about, Captain John Moats with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department says that’s taken care of.

“Leave the security up to the professionals. This is what we do for a living; we have the training, we know the scenarios and we’ve been trained in the scenarios,” said Moats.

Azar agrees by stating, “I believe if we continue looking at new technology that makes us safer, then we are going to be even safer then we are today.”

Azar also says both students and parents will attend an orientation at the beginning of the school year, breaking down how they plan to handle this new law. Making sure the safety guidelines are clear for everyone.

The recent law doesn’t go into effect until July 1st, until then both parents and students across the state are not allowed to have guns in their vehicles in school parking lots.

Currently anyone found with a gun on school property, including a school parking lot can be charged with a felony.

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