On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), along with the other members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, introduced Senate Resolution (SR) 49. The resolution calls on the Legislative Council to assign the topic of reducing gun violence and other deaths by firearms in Indiana to the appropriate summer study committee.
SR 49 comes in the wake of many recent tragedies where firearms were used, most recently the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. The U.S. has witnessed over 1,600 mass shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
“We can’t accept these tragedies as a part of everyday American life,” Sen. Lanane said. “We need to create common sense legislation to secure the safety of our children while balancing the Second Amendment rights of responsible firearm owners as well as those rights guaranteed under the Indiana Constitution.”
RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, presented data in a study showing that background checks, minimum age requirements, and prohibitions associated with mental illness may decrease suicide and violent crimes.
“When Hoosiers were asked to prioritize public safety issues in a WTHR/HPI Indiana Poll in 2016, the top two responses were safety in schools with 37 percent and gun violence with 27 percent,” Sen. Lanane said. “I think this demonstrates a will on behalf of Hoosiers for legislators to act.”
“This resolution will allow the legislature to study topics including closing the loopholes in our background checks law, banning bump stocks, banning assault weapons or raising the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon from 18 to 21, and child-access protection laws,” Sen. Lanane said. “This study, if the resolution is actually assigned to a summer study committee, will evaluate common sense policies that Hoosiers support to keep people in our state safe.”
Resolutions can be heard in the Senate until the body adjourns this year.