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Fort Wayne Fire Department looks at allowing loaded weapons in workers' vehicles

Change would comply with state law.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:05 am

In order to comply with Indiana law, the Fort Wayne Fire Department wants to loosen its restrictions on employees having firearms in their vehicles at work.

The Fire Department Merit Commission is scheduled to consider a change in department policy at its meeting Tuesday afternoon that would relax the rules on firearms.

“The major change is that previously an employee could only have a weapon stored in his/her vehicle if it was unloaded. State law now allows an individual to keep a loaded weapon in his/her vehicle as long as it is out of sight and the vehicle is locked,” Christine Mounsey, assistant chief for human relations, wrote in an email explaining the proposal.

Mounsey said that the Fire Department did not have any policy concerning firearms until 1982; it was last amended in 1994.

The state law in question was amended in 2012 to say employers in most situations could not bar employees “from possessing a firearm or ammunition that is locked in the trunk of the employee’s vehicle, kept in the glove compartment of the employee’s locked vehicle, or stored out of plain sight in the employee’s locked vehicle.”