By Carolina Puga Mendoza
INDIANAPOLIS—On Tuesday, the Indiana House accepted amendments made to House Bill 1558 by the Senate. The bill creates a Crime Guns Task Force in charge of investigating and tracking firearms used in crimes, and it’s heading to the governor to be signed into law.
The House concurrence passed on a 91-1 vote.
The bill was authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon. HB 1558 would create an Indiana Crime Guns Task Force that would focus on violent crimes in central Indiana, including in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan, Johnson and Shelby counties.
According to Steuerwald, guns are not restricted to county lines and therefore can travel around the state.
“That way, these communities share information, get together and share information, share evidence, and can better track people who use these guns or sell them to commit crimes on the citizens,” Steuerwald said during the Senate chamber on April 6.
The Senate amendments made minor changes to the language of the bill, which the House accepted.
Most bills related to firearms, including a controversial “constitutional carry” bill that would have eliminated Indiana’s law requiring a permit to carry a handgun, have died, although the provisions could still be amended into other legislation.
Carolina Puga Mendoza is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.