Gun law change shot down

    As is often the case, a new Indiana law appears to be full of ambiguities, and so the City of Decatur's attempt to come into compliance with the state's new law on gun carrying has once again been stalled.
    An ordinance written by City Attorney Tim Baker and unveiled at the November 15 meeting of city council and passed on two readings wasn't brought up at Tuesday night's meeting since it apparently wouldn't be in compliance.
    Mayor John Schultz opened the meeting by announcing that Baker received some new information at a recent seminar which led him to believe the ordinance he had rewritten for the city would conflict with what the Legislature approved.
    The state law, which took effect July 1, prohibits local ordinances that ban firearms from most locations, such as libraries and parks. It exempts schools, public hospitals, buildings that house courts and those that have metal detectors and security officers at every entrance.
    "Basically, (the new law) changes what we're able to do locally," Schultz said at the November 15 meeting.
    The local ordinance prohibits the carrying of firearms in city parks and places restrictions on firearms citywide. The rewrite proposed by Baker would, to comply with the new law, allow the carrying of firearms within the parks and city. But it would have prohibited the firing of the weapons unless for protection or at certain exhibitions/festivals, such as the Kekionga Festival.
    That now appears, however, to be shot down.