The original headline was a real zinger: "Indiana House Panel To Debate Banning Gun Buybacks" and it is still preserved in the URL.
Eventually someone realized the same bill clears up an odd glitch in the carry-permit exception for guns at schools and rewrote to reflect it. The law presently provides, other than for "school resource officers," that one may only have a firearm on school property if one "...possesses the firearm in a motor vehicle that is being operated by the person to transport another person to or from a school or a school function." Got that? If Mr. and Mrs. Spouse are picking up little Billy and Sue after the school play and Mrs. Spouse is driving, she'd also better be the only one carrying -- and if she spots Mrs. Neighbor, she can't park the car and lock up her sidearm in it to go have a chat, either. (That shotgun the trunk is a no-no, too; you can probably argue "possession" but you still can't stop the car and get out, as you'd no longer be "operating." The gun on Mr. Spouse's belt as he sits in the passenger seat trying to refrain from criticism, is, alas, inarguably in his possession.)
The predictable commenters are arguing this in the predictable fashion. Me, I just want them to make it uniform with the "guns in your car at work" law, which requires you to leave firearms locked in your vehicle. (Your employer is free to adopt less-restrictive policies but the operant theory is that your car is something of a rolling bit of real property and if keep your firearm inside it [and out of sight, 'cos ooo, ick, guns], everything is hunky-dory.)
Will it happen? Will gun buybacks get banned? Will J. Random Collector no longer be able to buy a well-preserved sock-drawer Colt 1903 Hammerless for $20 more than the buyback goofs are offering? Will Mrs. Spouse and Mrs. Neighbor ever stop talking with one another in the school parking lot? Stay tuned for our next exciting episode of As The State Legislature Spins! (Brought to by the old soft soap, for the old hard sell.)
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