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Assault Rifle Ban Proposal Fails

Indianapolis - A call for state lawmakers to ban assault weapons failed in an Indianapolis Council Committee.

In a debate which lasted for two hours concerned Hoosiers stood before lawmakers and spoke with passion.

They were talking about protecting people from gun violence.

After school shootings in Parkland, in Noblesville, after teens shot at birthday parties in Lawrence, this was a resolution meant to spur conversation; and it surely did.

Dozens packed into a committee room to debate a resolution to ask state and federal lawmakers to ban assault weapons -- and request universal background checks.

Students talked about their daily fear, of walking into a school not knowing if they were safe.

An Indianapolis nurse gave us a glimpse into her life trying to save others who had fallen victim to gunshot wounds.

An army vet and other citizens came to express their concerns.

All of wanting action.

And not all the city-county councilors were sold.

"It's gotten to the point now where it's so broad brass spectrum that we don't know what it is exactly you're talking about," said Indianapolis Council Member Gary Mowery.

The question about what weapons would fall under the scope of this resolution has concerned gunshop owners.

So lawmakers were asked what defines an assault weapon?

"What I assume to be an assault type weapon is one that is designed to mimic a military style weapon for mass homicides," said Indiana Council Member Zach Adamson.

But we didn't get an answer on specific guns.

The resolution failed three to two; but given there was a school shooting in Noblesville, where a 13-year-old got ahold of a weapon... some city-county councilors say this conversation must continue.


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