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Giving state police the ability to dispose of firearms

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State police could soon have procedure for returning or disposing of firearms confiscated for criminal reasons without further court order. Senate Bill 191 passed the House on Wednesday, with a vote of 94-2. State police would be required to hold onto the gun for 180 days and the agency […]

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Amendment would create study of carrying without a license

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow domestic violence victims a temporary carry permit passed out of committee with a controversial amendment Tuesday. House Bill 1071 would allow a domestic violence victim to carry a gun without a permit for 60 days, but Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment for […]

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Commentary: Rage finds a trigger

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So many souls lost. So many scars upon the land. The mass shooting in Dallas, Texas, of 12 police officers that killed at least five of them followed by a day the shooting of a black man by a police officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Which […]

Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

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Commentary: Democrats sit in, Republicans run away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When the American people get killed at rate 20 times higher than the rest of the developed world, it’s time for leaders to … take a vacation. That was the message Thursday from the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and other Republicans in […]

Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

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Commentary: Our gift to the NRA

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Think of it as the NRA tax. A couple of days after the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida, I talked on the air with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett about the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors, which Indianapolis will host. I asked Hogsett if he and the mayors of other […]

Commentary: First steps from Cumberland and Orlando

Commentary: First steps from Cumberland and Orlando

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Early in the morning on June 12, a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub. The incident immediately became the new largest mass shooting in American history. On June 13, a 13-year-old boy from Cumberland, Indiana, was charged with murder for the May 27 shooting of 9-year-old, Anthony Harmon, Jr. The […]

Commentary: Orlando and our silence

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Commentary: Orlando and our silence

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now is not the time to talk about guns in America. The National Rifle Association flacks and other members of the gun lobby assure us that the moments right after a tragedy, such as the one in Orlando, Florida – where an angry man shot more than 100 people, […]

Commentary: ‘The only thing we have to fear….’

Commentary: ‘The only thing we have to fear….’

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com It was 1955, a classroom of Hinsdale Township High School, where a visiting expert, the local sheriff, said: “never take the law into your own hands.” “In trouble,” he said.   “Run for help.” At the time, our greatest fear was attack by atomic bomb. Some parents built bomb shelters in their […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]

Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

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Commentary: Guns and a lost art that might help

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An old teacher of mine had a useful saying. “We can’t learn anything when our lips are moving,” he said. “It’s only when we shut up and listen that we have a chance to learn anything.” I thought about that bit of wisdom during President Barack Obama’s town hall […]

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