Senate approves ban on local gun buy-backs

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate has approved a measure banning gun buy-back programs.

The measure would ban local governments and police departments from conducting the buy-backs. Republican Sen. Jim Tomes said he proposed the ban because guns that would be bought through the programs could be sold for more money on the open market.

But opponents of the ban say the state is taking away local control on the issue. Democratic Sen. Earline Rogers of Gary said the programs are needed to curb violence by permanently removing the guns from the streets.

The Times of Munster reports the Senate voted 28-21 Wednesday in favor of the ban. The proposal now moves to the House. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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