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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana and the NRA, a love story"

Dan Carpenter, formerly of the Indianapolis Star, has a commentary today in The Statehouse File ($$), the publication of Franklin College journalists. It begins:

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s high time the National Rifle Association held its annual convention in Indianapolis. Lord knows the Indiana General Assembly, with encouragement from the governor’s office and little resistance from cautious public officials in the Circle City, has earned the honor.

Long ranked as one of the loosest states for gun traffic by federal authorities and firearms control advocates, Indiana has widened the lanes in recent years as its Republican majority has grown more reactionary and special interests such as the NRA have ratcheted up their influence.

Good to see it’s generated tourist dollars. Hard to see much sense in it otherwise.

You’d think there might be some soul-searching from a state that’s tagged by the feds as a major exporter of guns used in crimes elsewhere, owing to its exemption of “private” sales from background checks and its lack of caps on the number of weapons that can be purchased at one time.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 27, 2014 03:25 PM
Posted to Indiana Government