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Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns At Churches On School Grounds

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Crime, Faith and Religion, Government, Statewide News
Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) argues SB 33 would not necessarily keep churches safe. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) argues SB 33 would not necessarily keep churches safe. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to allow Hoosier gun owners to carry their firearms in churches that are on school property.

Current law bars most Hoosiers from carrying guns onto school property. And that applies to churches on school grounds. Senate-approved legislation would lift that restriction for everyone during worship services and for employees and volunteers at the church at any time – unless the church bans firearms.

Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) says the measure is about ensuring those in church can protect themselves.

“The first responder would be that Good Samaritan who is armed,” Tomes says.

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) says law-abiding Hoosiers should be able to carry their guns wherever they go, with a caveat.

“But we hold houses of worship sacred,” Taylor says. “You know we do. Let’s keep them sacred and let’s keep them safe.”

The Senate approved the measure 43 to 5.