INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) filed two bills to make Indiana a safer state.

The first is Senate Bill (SB) 307, which would expand the requirement for background checks for the sale or trade of firearms between private parties. Under the proposal, selling or purchasing firearms would have to be done through a licensed Indiana firearms dealer and the dealer would be required to perform a NICS background check when conducting the transfer. The proposal would also bar anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing a semi-automatic weapon and would ban the purchase of bump stocks and other devices meant to turn weapons into automatic firearms.

“These are common-sense regulations supported by a large majority of the public, including gun owners. This is not about limiting guns for hunters, or people who carry a weapon for self-protection. Senate Bill 307 is a gun safety measure that seeks to close the loopholes in Indiana law that allow people with a violent or unstable history easy access to guns. Also, limiting the purchase of semi-automatic weapons for anyone under the age of 21 is a widely accepted safety measure to help keep these lethal weapons out of the hands of individuals who may not know how to use them.”

The second proposal is SB 309, which works to protect children by requiring safe storage of firearms in areas where a child could reasonably be expected to gain access to it.

“Gun safety laws are crucial to the protection of all Hoosiers, especially our children. This has been the deadliest year for gun violence in 40 years with the highest number of school shootings on record. In Indiana, two different middle schools experienced shootings by children who had easy access to guns. This child safety bill, which simply requires a trigger lock or locked storage, would help keep our children safe in their schools and communities.”