DANVILLE — The town council here moved quickly to repeal existing ordinances regulating firearms in its jurisdiction during Monday's meeting.
The board suspended its rules to pass a new ordinance on first reading that repeals ordinances passed in 1996 and 2007 that controlled the use of firearms on public property, including parks and government buildings.
The move was made at the suggestion of Town Manager Gary Eakin. He alerted the council about Guy Relford, a Zionsville attorney who has filed lawsuits in Evansville and Hammond because those municipalities still have laws that go against Indiana Senate Bill 292.
That law, authored by Republican Sen. Jim Tomes of Wadesville, prohibits local government from restricting firearms possession in municipal buildings without courts, meaning licensed gun owners can carry weapons into places like town hall and Ellis Park.
SB 292 became effective July 1. Relford, who operates Tactical Firearms Training at the Eagle Creek Pistol Range, has been monitoring municipalities that haven't adjusted their books to comply with the new state law.
Danville Town Council President Jeff Martin asked Eakin what would prevent someone from target shooting in Ellis Park. Eakin responded that the new state law now rests with interpretation from local law enforcement.
In other business the council approved an ordinance that licenses and regulates direct sellers within town limits. The mandate, which has been debated since last winter, is modeled after the one recently passed by the county.
Canvassers must buy a permit from local law enforcement at either $20 per day, $50 per week, or $100 per month to sell door to door. They also must carry identification that displays their name and the company they represent. Canvassing is relegated to the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Political and religious canvassers, as well as businesses with established customers, are exempt.
The council also consented to the Danville Parks and Recreation Department having its annual haunted house in Hargrave Hall at town hall this year. Traditionally at the Ellis Park Train Station, officials wanted to move it to the Blanton House but it's been deemed not up to code. The haunted house will be open this year on Oct. 21 and 22, with trick-or-treating in Bosstick Gym at town hall.