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3/5/2014 8:04:00 AM
Guns & Kubacki

Editor, Times-Union:
Rep. Rebecca Kubacki cast an unfortunate vote against gun rights last week, one which indicates a skeptical view toward concealed carry (CCW) rights.
As the Wisconsin state senator who sponsored the bill to establish concealed carry rights in that state, I learned how amendments shape legislation. Rep. Kubacki cast her anti-gun rights vote on an amendment to a proposed bill.
SB229 is a good bill which deals with various firearm matters. Rep. Kubacki actually voted for this bill on final House reading. Amendments, however, can tell a different story.
Under current Indiana law, it is a crime to have a firearm anywhere on school grounds, even if the owner is otherwise licensed for concealed carry, and even if the gun remains locked out of sight in a vehicle. This is bad policy, because it requires a parent to be disarmed for the entire trip to and from school, and possibly all day.
SB229 would change this policy and allow a firearm to be legally secured in a vehicle on school property.
Amendment #1 proposed to remove from SB229 the provision I have just described. Rep. Kubacki joined in this attempt to keep parents disarmed while on their way to and from a school.
Fortunately, Amendment #1 failed, but residents of District 22 should keep in mind Rep. Kubacki's efforts to weaken SB229 by amendment. If Rep. Kubacki truly desires to protect children, disarming their parents is an odd way to pursue this goal.
Vote Curt Nisly on May 6.
Pam Galloway
Warsaw, via e-mail

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Article comment by: Dan Comp

Charles seems to have tea bagging on his mind and maybe that is why his reply always says tea party person.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Charles Johnson

Ms. Galloway:
From the Conservative and oldest publication in the United States "The Nation"

The Power of Recalls in Wisconsin
John Nichols on March 17, 2012

With Wisconsin recall elections looming against four Republican state senators—as well as Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch—the state’s politics was thrown for another loop Friday when a targeted senator up and quit.

State Senator Pam Galloway, a Tea Party favorite and one of Walker’s steadiest backers in the legislature, announced her immediate resignation from the legislature and her decision not to contest the recall election.

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
Article comment by: Pamela Galloway

Mr. Johnson:
1. Your comment has nothing to do with my letter.
2. I can only conclude you have no compelling argument in favor of gun control, so you decided to attack me personally.
3. I an not a "Tea Party Person."
Pam Galloway

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Article comment by: Dan Comp

The media has not been totally honest about guns and schools. If you are licensed to carry then you are allowed to have your firearm in your vehicle but you can't park and go inside. This was passed a few years back to protect parents that dropped off or picked up their child. Criminals love gun free zones and is it a coincidence that the majority of publicized shootings happen in these places? Just look at Chicago's failure with their mentality that criminals can have guns but upstanding people are not allowed to carry and must be victims. How anyone can tolerate that is beyond me. The supreme court ruled against their communism rightfully so. If you want more gun crime just pass more gun control that felons do not obey in the first place. I vote against the commies every chance i get.

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Article comment by: Larry McCormick

Read for yourself.
Amt #1 strips bill of school property language:

Roll call count with Rep Kubacki's yes vote to strip the bill.
Facts are a rare thing these days.

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