INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-11 Monday to retroactively prohibit a 15-year-old lawsuit filed by the city of Gary against several gun manufacturers and retailers.

Senate Bill 98, which now goes to the House, terminates the lawsuit that seeks damages for alleged complicity in the illegal retail sale of handguns.

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The sponsor, state Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, said the case has idled for the past six years and he believes it is deterring weapons manufacturers from considering locating in Indiana, even though they would not be subject to the suit.

State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said the measure sets a terrible precedent by having the Legislature step into a pending court case when other legal remedies are available to the defendants.

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Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.