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New Gun Regulations Impact Indiana

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New federal regulations will impact gun transactions in Indiana. Tuesday, President Obama outlined executive orders that would change the way guns are sold and regulated in the U.S. The plans increase gun regulation by reinterpreting existing laws. New executive orders will affect background checks, gun sellers, and funding for ATF agents and investigators.

Paul Helmke, Indiana University professor and former head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says that Indiana is among the worst in the country with regards to gun safety regulations, ranking between 35th and 40th.

"Having stronger national procedures, stronger national laws will help make Indiana safer. Other states have taken these steps are their own, but Indiana hasn’t," Helmke says.

The President's executive actions would also affect open air gun markets that take place throughout Indiana by requiring them to conduct background checks before making sales and lost or stolen guns. The latter was the subject of an Indianapolis City-Council ordinance vetoed by former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

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