School Leaders Respond To Bill Allowing Guns In Cars (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A controversial measure in the statehouse involving guns is getting reaction from local school superintendents.

Right now it's a felony to have a gun on school property or inside the building.

But Senate Bill 229 would allow licensed gun owners to leave firearms out of sight in a locked car.

If you can see it, or the car is unlocked, it would be a misdemeanor.

Fort Wayne Community School leaders strongly oppose the measure, saying any access to weapons could invite trouble.

And while the Northern Wells superintendent says the measure merely de-criminalizes what could be an innocent oversight, they both say they don't know of any incident where a parent or teacher was charged with a felony after inadvertently leaving a gun in a vehicle.

“There doesn't seem to be a problem here that we're trying to fix. In the meantime, by allowing this it creates many areas of concern,’ says FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman.

“The criminal isn't really concerned about what this law states. So we're not going to prevent somebody who's intent on doing harm with a weapon from bringing that weapon onto school grounds,” says Northern Wells Superintendent Scott Mills.

Since the House and Senate passed different versions of the measure, it now goes to conference committee where the details can be hammered out.

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