Indiana Moms Demand Action Chapter Responds to Committee Changes to SB 229, Continues to Oppose NRA-supported Bill to Weaken Gun Laws

INDIANAPOLIS, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A Conference Committee
report released today provides new language to clarify Senate Bill 229 and to
ensure guns are not allowed on school property when not being used exclusively
for school functions; however, the bill still contains many egregious provisions
that weaken gun laws and allow guns near children in schools.

“Indiana moms are gratified that the committee listened and responded to the
testimony of Moms Demand Action by removing a particularly dangerous section of
the legislation,” said Nicki McNally, leader of the Indiana chapter of Moms
Demand Action. “However, we remain strongly opposed to legislation that would
jeopardize the safety of our children by allowing guns in and around schools and
school activities. It’s clear that the committee is in lock step with the
Washington gun lobby, whose primary goal is to push legislation that allows more
guns in more places even at the expense of our children’s safety.”

The current bill would allow guns at school functions off of school property,
including field trips, prom and graduation, if it is otherwise legal to carry a
gun at the venues where those activities are taking place. The bill also allows
individuals to have guns in cars in public school parking lots, and would only
make it a misdemeanor to leave a gun out in the open in an unlocked car. In
addition, the bill completely removes school discretion in deciding whether
employees may have guns in their cars in school parking lots.

The bill also restricts law enforcement efforts to reduce gun violence by
limiting their ability to operate buyback programs intended to reduce the number
of illegal guns on the streets. And it puts an additional burden on police by
requiring them to auction guns for people whose guns are seized due to a court
finding of dangerousness and to give the dangerous person the proceeds.

The NRA-supported bill is opposed by the Indiana State Teachers Association, the
Indiana Association of School Principals, Indiana Association of Public School
Superintendents, Indiana School Boards Association, and the Indiana Urban School
Association.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, testified this week in opposition
to SB 229 where she was subjected to a lengthy stream of insulting, and often
irrelevant, questions and comments. A gun lobbyist – the only person to testify
in favor of the bill – was treated respectfully and not questioned.

“There have been more than 50 school shootings across the country in the 15
months since the tragedy in Newtown. Indiana mothers will not be silent any
longer – our legislators must address the gun violence epidemic that affects our
children and families,” said Watts. “We will continue to testify at hearings and
raise our voices and use our votes – even in the face of demeaning and
disrespectful treatment by elected officials.”

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build
support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of
American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and
loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one
year, the organization has more than 150,000 members with a chapter in every
state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against
Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.
For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow
us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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