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Indy council passes controversial gun ordinance

Posted at 8:32 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 08:32:52-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis City-County Council voted to approve a controversial ordinance about missing weapons.

Under the proposal, if a stolen gun isn’t reported within 48 hours of discovering it missing or stolen, the owner could face a fine.

The ordinance was passed by a single vote, 15-14, at Monday night's council meeting.

The bill's sponsor, Kip Tew, D-District 2, said in July that the proposal isn't about gun control.

"This is going to be a tool helpful to law enforcement that had difficulty tracking these weapons when people commit crimes. And this is a way to check back to see where these guns originated from," Tew said.

While the council was heavily divided about the ordinance, it likely won't matter -- Mayor Greg Ballard is expected to veto it as soon as it reaches his desk.

The council also voted Monday night to grant themselves a 44 percent pay raise. It will be the council's first raise since 2002.


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