House panel to debate banning gun buy-backs

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House panel is set to review a bill prohibiting local governments from holding gun buy-back programs.

The House Public Policy Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill Tuesday. The proposal cleared the Senate in a 28-21 vote last month.

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.

If the panel approves the measure it would then advance to the full House for consideration.

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