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(A) All persons, except those specifically set forth below, are prohibited from carrying, concealed or otherwise, any inhibiting chemical substances, explosive devices, guns, pellet guns, knives or any deadly weapons, as defined by statute in I.C. 35-31.5-2-86, on any property upon which is situated any building or structure owned or leased by county government. All law enforcement officers and deputies, uniformed or in plainclothes, judges and special judges, prosecutors, special prosecutors and deputies and probation and parole officers are exempted from this section. All county courts may establish a local rule consistent with this section. Any persons entering upon county-owned or leased property upon which a building or structure is situated may be detained by a law enforcement officer or court security official, thoroughly searched and any deadly weapons found on or about the person shall be confiscated and forfeited to the county.
(B) (1) The county wishes to maintain a work environment that is free of illegal drugs, alcohol, firearms, explosives, or other improper materials. To this end, the county prohibits the control, possession, transfer, sale or use of such materials on its premises. However, effective on 7-1-2010 I.C. 34-28-7 allows employees who may lawfully possess a firearm to bring firearms and ammunition onto county property as long as the firearm and ammunition are locked in a glove box or trunk or stored out of plain sight in the employee's personal locked vehicle. This exception does not apply to employees driving or riding in county-owned vehicles where firearms and ammunition are prohibited.
(2) Employees of a penal facility ( County Jail) or other county facilities listed in I.C. 34-28-7-2(b)(2) do not have these rights. Except for law enforcement officers, employees working at the County Jail shall not bring firearms or ammunition onto county property including in their personal vehicles.
(3) The county prohibits the possession of firearms, ammunition, and the possession of other weapons by persons other than county employees and the law enforcement officers on county property. The county requires the cooperation of all employees in administering this policy.
(4) Desks, lockers, and other storage devices may be provided for the convenience of employees but remain the sole property of the county. Accordingly, they, as well as any articles found within them, can be inspected by any agent or representative of the county at any time, either with or without prior notice.
(5) This is with exception to court and Sheriff Department evidence rooms or sealed files maintained by the County Clerk or Court Reporters.
(Ord. 2-1995, passed - -1995; Ord. 2011-5, passed 6-6-2011) Penalty, see § 130.99
Definition of the term “deadly weapon”, see I.C. 35-31.5-2-86