Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

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More than three hundred students protested at West Lafayette High School today as part of the National School Walkout. Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School. Student organizers conceived and planned the event, and adults stayed on the sidelines to do one thing: listen.

Committee Scales Back Bill To Eliminate Gun Permits

Jan 24, 2018

A bill that would have removed Indiana’s permit to carry a handgun was scaled back Wednesday.

A House Public Policy Committee approved the bill that keeps the handgun carry permit system but lifts some barriers. It extends a permit from four to five years and eliminates a fee for a lifetime permit.

Beth Sprunger with Moms Demand Action says since the permit stays, it’s a win.

“We feel pretty positive that they are not going to move forward with removing the permitting systems which was what our goal was here today,” says Sprunger.

Gun Carry Recommendations Include Hurdles To License

Oct 30, 2017

A special legislative study committee wrapped up three months of work this week. The panel declined to get specific on a recommendation to eliminate Indiana’s handgun license requirement, opting instead to make recommendations on studying current hurdles to getting a gun license.

The joint committee adopted the report after hearing hours of testimony from both sides on the issue of repealing a law requiring a license to carry handguns in public.

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Indiana lawmakers have started a debate over whether a DUI charge should prevent someone from getting a handgun permit.

Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill would remove the phrase “alcohol abuser” from the application.

Tomes says alcohol crimes and applying for a gun permit are unrelated.

“The question, if you have a DUI, I was asking: What does that have to do with obtaining a handgun license?” Tomes says. “If you had a DUI last night and tomorrow you want to get up and buy a firearm, you can buy a firearm. There’s no question about a DUI last night.”

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The sister of one of the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting victims is calling on Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) to support new federal gun laws.  It was part of a nationwide bus tour featuring families of gun violence victims that stopped in Indianapolis Friday for a rally.

It’s called the No More Names tour – a 25 state bus tour urging people to support efforts to end gun violence, calling out members of Congress who voted against recent gun control measures such as universal background checks.

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Lafayette area members of the group Moms Demand Action are pushing for a bill to expand the background check program for gun purchases.

Julia Chester says the measure would include purchases at gun shows and internet sales under the current system.

“It’s just a background check. It’s the same bill that was put forth by the Senate, but did not pass earlier this year. We’d like to know what the opposition is to this, because there really is no good reason.”

Moms want gun control laws passed

Apr 12, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action is pushing for lawmakers to pass what they call common sense gun legislation. About a handful of the group's members were outside the Tippecanoe County Courthouse noon Friday, holding signs and raising awareness.

Chapter co-leader Delphina Schley says they don’t want to take away anyone’s right under the Second Amendment.

Changes to a school safety bill made in a House committee will allow Indiana public schools to opt-out of a requirement that each facility employ armed personnel.  But critics say the changes still don’t solve core problems with the bill.