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Guns still prohibited at school sporting events

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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The new Alabama gun law is causing some confusion for football fans who own firearms.

Some say the language of the law is contradictory and they aren't sure if they can bring their guns to the games.

In one area of the law, it says gun owners with a concealed carry permit can bring weapons to athletic events, regardless if they are hosted by a school. The law also gives property owners the right to ban firearms in places where there are strong security measures.

However, Alabama school districts say the new gun law does not change their policy. Firearms are not allowed on school campuses or at school-sponsored events. This includes all athletic events, even ones held off school property.

State Superintendent Tommy Bice sent out a letter to all school districts explaining the new gun law and why it does not affect school policy. In the letter he says, "all Alabama school systems should continue to enforce existing policies to ban firearms and other weapons from school grounds."

Bice also recommended school districts post signs on school properties that say "FIREARMS PROHIBITED."

Both Huntsville City Schools and Madison City Schools are following that suggestion. School employees are in the process of putting up those signs they say will serve as a reminder and a warning.

"As soon as you drive onto the property you will see a no firearms sign. If you go into a gym, or if you go into a stadium, you will see those signs a second time. We think they are very conspicuous and that everyone will have an opportunity to know what our policy is regarding that," said Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler.

Neither district plans to tighten security at games or other events this year, but they say the no firearms rule is not to be taken lightly.

"We've always been very serious about that policy and this is not going to change. It's very important that people respect and obey that policy to maintain the safety of everybody," said Huntsville City Schools spokesperson Keith Ward.

Students or employees who violate the no-firearms policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Others found with a firearm will be asked to leave the premises and could be arrested if they fail to leave upon request.

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