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House Revives Bill Allowing Guns In School Parking Lots

A House committee today revived a measure allowing gun possession in school parking lots.

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The measure would allow people to keep guns in their cars at schools under certain conditions.

Legislation authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour would have allowed people licensed to carry a gun to keep that gun locked in their cars on school property.

But after a shooting at Purdue University last month, House Public Policy Committee Chairman Tom Dermody opted not to take a vote on the bill.

Dermody allowed the language of Lucas’ bill to be amended Tuesday into separate legislation.

“I have continually heard from the constituents and from people statewide about the common sense bill that Representative Lucas had and so I just felt that, out of respect, not to take the vote then but now is a perfect time,” said Dermody.

There was a difference from the original bill.  Students will still be barred from keeping a gun locked in their car on school property unless that student is in a shooting club and has permission from their principal.

Carmel mother Nicky McNally, is the Indiana chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the amendment is dangerous.

“The answer to combating gun violence is not to have more guns, readily accessible guns, guns within easy reach,” says McNally.

The bill containing Lucas’ language now heads to the House floor.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. 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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