The change in policy is due to this bill recently signed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, which goes into effect on July 1, 2011. (See top of page 2 re: Chapter 11.1. Local Regulation of Firearms, Ammunition, and Firearm Accessories.)
Not allowed to ban guns, library sets down limits. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 6/24/2011)
Excerpt: Effective immediately, patrons may bring a handgun onto library property or into a library, but only if they provide a valid permit. Any person carrying firearms must provide proof of license upon request to library personnel.
“This new policy sends a message that while guns can no longer be banned from the library, certain standards of behavior will not be tolerated,” said Jeffrey Krull, director of the Allen County Public Library. [Link to policy page.]
The firearms must be secured to prevent potential injury or serious bodily harm to others, and no one will be allowed to point, brandish or display a firearm in any manner intended to threaten, according to the revised policy.
A separate policy states that staff members may not carry firearms in the library or on library property unless authorized to do so. And any firearms brought onto library property by staff members must be stored in a locked vehicle out of public view, according to the policy.