A Carmel, Indiana, man is facing felony charges after a handgun fell out of his pocket during a school board meeting this week.
Robert Lesher, 69, was arrested Monday after an officer with the Carmel Police Department (CPD), who was also attending the meeting, witnessed the gun hit the floor.
Officers abruptly arrested Lesher and would later take him to Hamilton County Jail.
Following questioning, investigators determined that Lesher had no intentions of harming anyone “attending the school board meeting or otherwise.”
Be that as it may, unfortunately for Mr. Lesher, bringing firearms onto school property in Indiana is against the law.
Lesher now faces one count of possession of a firearm on school property, a level 6 felony, according to Fox59.
It goes without saying but if he is convicted of a felony Lesher would become a prohibited person and lose his right to keep and bear arms.
Carrying a firearm into a school zone as an unauthorized individual is a bad idea. The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) generally prohibits guns in any K-12 school zone unless one has an exemption from the state.
Exemptions from state to state vary, but are often afforded to student resource officers, staff with explicit permission or licenses, and, in some instances, permitted concealed carriers.
As a responsible gun owner or concealed carrier, the onus is on you to figure out what the law in your state says.