Indana House committee to weigh in on handgun license removal bill

By AdamHill (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A push to repeal Indiana’s law requiring state licenses to carry handguns in public is going before legislators.

The Indiana House Public Policy Committee is scheduled to hear testimony and vote Wednesday morning on a bill that would allow any resident to carry a handgun unless they are prohibited from having firearms under state or federal law. Such reasons include previous felony convictions, people facing restraining order or those with dangerous mental illnesses.

Supporters of the repeal argue the current license requirement infringes on the Second Amendment.

Currently Indiana residents wish to carry a handgun must fill out an application, get fingerprinted and pay a fee. Several police organizations support keeping the current licensing.

A similar bill failed last year in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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1 comment

It's in the Bill or Rights January 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Biased and incorrect reporting from the AP. The bill did not fail last year, it was assigned to the committee.

Perhaps the AP should be required to fill out an application, get fingerprinted and pay a fee before being allowed to exercise the 1st Amendment as ‘reporters’.

Perhaps the AP should only be allowed to report using 1st Amendment tools available to the founders…

The bill passed out of committee and will probably go to a Conference committee to resolve similar bills in the Senate before it comes up for a floor vote.


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