INDIANAPOLIS – Grand Wayne Center will be gun-friendly during the Indiana Republican Party's annual convention June 6-7 after all.
The center has clarified its gun management policies, saying it must abide by a 2011 law preventing political subdivisions from regulating firearms.
The Allen County Capital Improvement Board of Managers oversees Grand Wayne.
Several sources told The Journal Gazette on Monday that Grand Wayne Center, as well as Embassy Theatre and Parkview Field, were gun-free.
But Bart Shaw, executive director for Grand Wayne, said Wednesday that there have been clarifications regarding the 2011 law.
“I know in the past here there was a no-gun policy, so maybe there was some confusion,” he said. “I've been on the job for a year, and this is the first time the gun question has come up.”
The law allows those renting or leasing the space to ban guns, as has happened when Grand Wayne has hosted proms, Shaw said.
But the center also has hosted law enforcement conventions where guns were welcome.
“There are no signs or metal detectors,” he said.
The state GOP will allow guns.
Hundreds of Republicans are expected in Fort Wayne for the GOP state convention – the first time the party has scheduled its annual meeting outside of Indianapolis.
Organizers have gone out of their way to attract national speakers to Grand Wayne and to host Fort Fun Night at Parkview Field and a Kenny Loggins concert at Embassy Theatre.
Embassy and Parkview Field, which are run privately, will remain gun-free.
Delegates will choose nominees for state auditor, secretary of state and treasurer at the convention.