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Democratic Lawmaker On Guns: GOP Can Protect Hoosiers Or Its Statehouse Majority

Peter Anderson

Under a guilty plea earlier this year for misdemeanor intimidation, James Wesley Howell was supposed to forfeit all his guns. 

But Clark County probation officers only took one of them.

Two months after the guilty plea, Howell was arrested in California with three assault rifles and chemicals for making explosives.  Democratic Representative Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) calls it a systemic failure at every level.

“So we need to put adequate money into the probation effort," DeLaney says.  "We need to put adequate technological resources so that it’s easier and effective to report a violation.”

DeLaney also wants the legislature to ban assault weapons and enact universal background checks – something, he says, that will require Republicans to make a choice.

“My Republican friends have got to decide that protecting the majority of our people is more important that protecting their majority in the House.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma could not be reached for comment.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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