What's at stake here is a pre State preemption ordinance forbidding the carrying of firearms in Indianapolis city parks (except the pistol range at Eagle Creek Park, of course). See, when we got preemption, the legislature was concerned that people...well, some people...in Gary, Indiana might be able to buy and carry guns, and so they grandfathered all existing city and county-level restrictions;* and if you think I'm accusing the Legislature of that time of the kind of damfool racism that disarms law-abiding members of a minority while doing nothing to stop criminals of any hue, you'd be right. But they did it and we're stuck with it until the State Congressthingies revisit the issue or city councils change their own ordinances.
Our increasingly-RINO Mayor hath sworn a solemn oath to slay the beastly notion of letting licensed citizens carry their guns in Indy parks, 'cos he's like, wanting to be a one-term mayor. Or maybe he feeeeeels guns are all creepy. (Um, I thought he was in the military. USMC? Oh $DIETY please no; but yes). Heck, maybe he'd just like to see me get stomped flat in a city park; who can say? Money
“This never comes up in any forum I ever go to,” Ballard said of the issue. “I’m putting out what I hear from the people.”
Except there is a poll at the Star, presently running at 71% in favor of permit-holders being allowed to carry in parks (criminals already are -- why should they get special treatment?) and only 29% against the idea. The citizenry hath spake, Mr. Mayor, and they're sayin' you're full of it.
Your move, pal. The electorate's watching.
* This resulted in rules few people know about and fewer obey, like the ban on concealed carry of handguns in the town of Speedway; per the rules, open carry is okay for permit-holders. Will the next Speedway police officer you meet know that? Don't count on it!