Yesterday, a public hearing for the conference committee on Senate Bill 229 was held at the Indiana Statehouse. The conference committee report will likely be finalized soon and SB 229 will be sent to the Senate and House floors for a final vote. Please contact your state Senator and Representative IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on SB 229. With the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely ending tomorrow, SB 229 will need to be voted on today or tomorrow.
Sponsored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57), SB 229 as amended would do the following:
- Prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund a gun “buyback” program
- Allow firearms to be locked out of plain sight in a vehicle while parked on school property
- Remove the “roaming school zone” provision from current law – currently, property can be defined as a place where a school function is taking place (i.e. a person would be in violation of state law if they were legally carrying a firearm at a zoo and a school field trip was being held there as well)
- Redefine “school property” to only include property of the school and not other buildings that might be connected to the school by a parking lot
Please contact your state Senator and Representative IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT the conference report for SB 229.
Contact information for your state Senator and Representative can be found by inputting your address here or using the phone numbers provided below.
Indiana House of Representatives:
Switchboard - (317) 232-9600
Switchboard - (317) 232-9400