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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

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Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

By Rep. Linda Lawson TheStatehouseFile.com I remember my first domestic violence case as a young officer on the Hammond Police Department. My partner and I went out on the call and had to contact our sergeant and lieutenant for advice.  The scene was shocking and absolutely vicious. Children were in the home as well as […]

Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Bet you didn’t know guns were a cure for cancer. Or that they solve math problems faster than computers and calculators. Or that they are even better than a mother’s love. You would know – or at least believe – these things if you lived in the same part […]

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How a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling strengthens gun shop protections

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When walking into Beech Grove Firearms on the city’s southeast side, barrels stand ready, pointing through the glass cases. The guns, attached to wood pegs so they lay upright and have handwritten price tags hanging off, are both powerful and somehow homey in numbers. The shop is standard, with […]

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Staff now allowed to carry guns inside the Statehouse

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — General Assembly staff can now pack heat inside and around the Statehouse. Senate Bill 43 immediately went into effect after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law Wednesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, allows the employees to carry guns inside the Statehouse if they have […]

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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 […]

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