Senate Democrats Calling For Gun Safety Study

first_imgStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democrats, who are outnumbered 41-9, are summer study committee to look into the issue of gun safety across the state.Just three weeks ago, a gunman entered a Florida high school and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring dozens more. The events have sparked debate at both the state and federal level about the availability of guns and whether they should be more tightly regulated.“We can’t accept these tragedies as a part of everyday American life,” Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said in a press release Wednesday. “We need to create common-sense legislation to secure the safety of our children while balancing the Second Amendment rights of responsible firearm owners as well as those rights guaranteed under the Indiana Constitution.”Senate Resolution 49 would create a summer study committee that would look topics ranging from Indiana’s background checks laws, banning assault weapons, raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21, and banning bump stocks.This resolution comes after legislation that would have allowed guns in a church with a school on the property and another that would have dropped licensing fees for lifetime gun permits appeared to die. The language in either or both bills could be resurrected in conference committee before the session ends March 14.FOOTNOTE: is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more