Panel backs allowing guns in school parking lots

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana legislative committee has endorsed a proposal that would allow guns in school parking lots.

The House Public Policy Committee approved the bill Tuesday after adding the school gun provision to a bill that would prohibit local governments from using taxpayer money for gun buy-back programs.

The addition to the bill would allow guns to be locked and out of sight in a car in a school parking lot. Currently, bringing a gun on school property is a felony.

Republican Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour says the provision would protect parents who inadvertently have their guns with them when they pick up their children.

Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held up signs protesting the proposal.

The bill now advances to the full House.

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