SB 229 passed in the conference committee, the Senate 38-10, and the House 75-24, and now goes to Governor Mike Pence for his signature. Yesterday was the last day the legislation could be passed, so it went right down to the wire. The substance of the bill is fairly straightforward and consists of three reforms. The first removes traps in existing law for legal gun owners, things like “roaming gun free school zones” that were created whenever school children went for an official function . . .
Second, people who legally have guns with them in their vehicle may pick their children up at school without breaking the law. They aren’t allowed to take their defensive firearms with them into the school, but if the bill becomes law they’ll be able to drive through or leave their gun in the car without committing a felony. The law would fix that by defining “schools” as the school buildings, excluding the parking lots.
The last reform concerns gun turn-in programs, commonly called “buy-backs” even though the people buying the guns never owned them in the first place. The law would prohibit public money from being used for the turn-ins. Also, if firearms come into the custody of a public entity, the entity must sell the guns (or parts), not destroy them wasting valuable assets. This reform has been vigorously opposed in the old media.
Update: the bill was amended to add the option of destroying firearms as a method of disposal of firearms that are confiscated.
Governor Pence hasn’t yet indicated where he stands on the bill. Stay tuned.
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