Senate Bill Would Raise Penalties for Gun Crimes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana House has advanced a measure allowing judges to impose tougher sentences for anyone convicted of using a gun in a violent crime.
 
       The House approved a proposal from Republican Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis that would allow a court to add between five and 20 years to a sentence in a violent gun crime.
 
       The measure would also make it illegal to provide a gun to someone who plans to commit a crime.
 
       House lawmakers amended the bill Thursday to also establish a study committee that would review ways to reduce gun violence across Indiana.