Pro-gun legislation which would allow “teachers, parents, and school visitors to have guns concealed and locked in their cars in school parking lots” is awaiting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) signature.
Speaking in support of that measure, State Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) criticized the current climate in which “teachers have to leave their Second Amendment rights at the door when they go to work.”
The Indy Star reports that the bill also has the strong support of the NRA and cleared Indiana’s Senate and House by large majorities. Gov. Pence has until March 27th to sign the bill, and he is expected to do so.
Some school officials around the state oppose the measure. Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, says, “Young people, schools, guns and all of that is a mix for something inappropriate.” And State Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) opposed the measure by suggesting that studies indicate gun violence rises when firearms are accessible.
On December 4th, Breitbart News reported on a congressional study that revealed that as gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell sharply. By 2011, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was less than half of what it was in 1993. This research suggests a strong correlation between more guns and less crime.
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