(INDIANAPOLIS) - 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.
Follow WTHR political reporter Kevin Rader for updates on today's testimony.
Gun buy-backs sometimes are used to give residents an outlet to get rid of weapons without penalty. Those guns are then often destroyed.
Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Jim Tomes of Wadesville says he can't understand why police would want to destroy guns that have significant value and could be resold.
Opponents argue the measure takes the choice to hold such events away from cities and police departments.
The bill now advances to the full House.
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