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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ind. Law - FWJG: "Meet in middle on gun legislation"

A thoughtful editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette; it begins:

As the nation again examines how it regulates gun ownership in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., there seems to be some hope that reasonable, moderate Americans may be able to take the debate away from the extremists on either end of the issue.

In Indiana, that should mean repealing some of the nonsensical laws passed in recent years, borrowing from Texas standards for having a permit to carry a gun and looking at the need to keep guns secure.

The long editorial summarizes some recently enacted Indiana gun laws:
Indiana, however, requires no training or proof of skills – and allows Hoosiers to obtain a lifetime carry permit, ending a renewal process that could identify people who no longer qualify.

Three years ago, the Indianapolis Star – using the database of Indiana handgun permits – found that state police wrongly approved gun permits in Lake and Marion counties for Hoosiers with criminal histories. State lawmakers responded in their 2010 session – by making secret the previously open records of people who received state permits.

Also in that session, lawmakers passed a rare bill against the interests of businesses, creating a law allowing workers to keep guns in their cars parked at businesses. Previously, businesses had wide ability to regulate what employees can and cannot bring to their workplace property.

In 2011, lawmakers took away the ability of local officials to ban guns in government-owned buildings. But while the legislature insisted that citizens would be safer if they were allowed to take guns to city council meetings, members continued the no-gun restriction for their own sessions at the Indiana Statehouse.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 18, 2012 12:26 PM
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