NewsPublic Affairs / February 20, 2017

House Rejects Study Committee Amendment To Gun Bill

House lawmakers rejected an attempt to push a gun regulations bill to a summer study committee.Indiana House of Representatives, 2017 legislative session, handgun license, restraining orders2017-02-20T00:00:00-05:00
Original story from   IPBS-RJC

Article origination IPBS-RJC
House Rejects Study Committee Amendment To Gun Bill

The Indiana Statehouse.

Brandon Smith/IPB

House lawmakers rejected an attempt to push a gun regulations bill to a summer study committee.

The bill would allow people protected by a restraining order to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days. Proponents say it’s about helping women in domestic violence situations.

But Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says, while well-intended, the bill makes domestic violence situations more dangerous by making it easier to bring guns into them. She offered an amendment to move the whole issue to a summer study committee.

“So that we can make some informed policy decisions and protect the lives of people that we all care about,” Austin says.

But Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), the bill’s author, says lawmakers are elected to make – sometimes difficult – policy decisions.

“For us to continue to punt things down the road and put them in summer study committees, I think, is not doing the job that we were sent up here to do,” Eberhart says.

The House rejected Austin’s amendment 68 to 28.

 

 

Related News

Donnelly, Young React To Justice Anthony Kennedy's Retirement Announcement
State Launches Redesigned Transparency Portal
Delaware County Commissioners Approve New Jail Plan, Despite Community Opposition