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Cowards in Indiana Legislature

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:01 pm

Maneuver on Indiana gun legislation backfires
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Stephanie Wang, stephanie.wang@indystar.com 1:20 p.m. EST January 30, 2014
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This is one firearm maneuver that backfired.


A controversial proposal to allow people to keep guns in cars parked at school was tucked into another bill on government reduction earlier this week. But, within hours, state lawmakers were hustling to get rid of the addition.

The proposal was pitched as convenience for parents and teachers who are licensed gun owners, so they could leave firearms in their vehicles while parked on school property. Under current state law, that's a felony.


The original bill —- House Bill 1048 authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour — had stalled in committee last week. Lawmakers paused discussions on it in the House Public Policy Committee after a fatal shooting at Purdue University.

The bill also lost support from the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

The committee chair, Rep. Thomas Dermody, R-LaPorte, didn't take up the issue again. Asked why, he said legislators ran out of time.

But Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, added the guns proposal Tuesday to his bill working through the House Select Committee on Government Reduction. House Bill 1005 makes various tweaks to existing laws.

Hours later, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma sent lawmakers scrambling to undo the maneuver.

Instead of accepting that morning's committee report, he shuffled McMillin's bill to a different committee.

In a hastily-called meeting just to make the change, the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee quickly removed the guns addition.

McMillin said he supported permitting guns kept out of sight in locked vehicles on school property as a matter of reducing government intrusion.

But lawmakers agreed to ax the guns addition, McMillin said, because it made his bill more contentious than he wanted.

"Let's just say," he said, "it seemed to be appropriate at the time."
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Re: Cowards in Indiana Legislature

Postby Spider » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:01 pm

So are they cowards for tucking it in another bill or cowards for taking it out?
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Re: Cowards in Indiana Legislature

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:40 pm

Spider wrote:So are they cowards for tucking it in another bill or cowards for taking it out?


Both! Have the gonads to put the bill up and vote on it either way... These gun-free zone are just invitations for criminal nutcases to use a gun on defenseless people! :naughty:
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