Indiana lawmaker to discuss Howell case, assault weapons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A Democratic state lawmaker from Indianapolis plans a news conference to talk about an Indiana man arrested in California for having an assault rifle and explosives.

James Howell was charged last week after a police found a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode. Howell said he was headed to a gay pride event.

Indiana state Rep. Ed Delaney says in a news release that he plans a Tuesday morning news conference outside the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the case. DeLaney says the state “must protect its own citizens from military-grade weapons” because of the lack of action on the issue in Washington.

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