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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Bill allows legislative employees to carry guns"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, more from Tony Cook's story today in the Indianapolis Star:

Employees of the General Assembly could join lawmakers in carrying handguns at the Indiana Statehouse under a measure that passed a Senate committee today.

Senate Bill 259, introduced by Sen. Jim Tomes, would allow employees of the Senate, House, and Legislative Services Agency to carry firearms in the Statehouse as long as they have a handgun license. It also would codify a longstanding administrative policy allowing lawmakers to carry weapons in the Statehouse.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to advance the measure to the full Senate, despite concerns from Democrats who argued that the measure could do more harm than good. * * *

The measure is one of several that have been introduced this year to expand gun rights in Indiana. Others would get rid of Indiana's licensing requirement to carry a handgun, allow guns at public universities and state office buildings, and make it easier for repeat alcohol offenders to get a handgun license.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 21, 2016 09:25 AM
Posted to Indiana Government