If you’ve been following the effort to pass a Constitutional carry bill in the state legislature this year, the effort essentially failed in a state Senate committee Wednesday evening. An amendment to the bill that was being considered eliminated the original language of the bill that would have allowed Hoosiers to carry handguns without a license.
“What this amendment did was it stripped all the language, 100 percent of the language of the original bill that passed the House 64-29, they take that bill, they strip all of the language out of it completely,” said Guy Relford, a gun rights attorney, talking to WIBC’s Rob Kendall.
He said that passing the amendment defeated the purpose of the bill, at the behest of some of the state’s law enforcement leadership.
“Now there’s an expedited process to get your license and there’s a means ny which you can carry a handgun while you’re waiting on your permanent license to come in the mail,” said Relford.
That is not what gun rights advocates would call “Constitutional carry”, which would essentially be carrying a gun without having to have the permission of the government, via a permit or license.
“It is an improved system for issuing licenses. But, you still have to beg the government for permission to exercise a Constitutional freedom.”
Relford expressed frustration that after years of effort by gun rights advocates that Indiana, with a Republican supermajority, cannot pass a Constitutional carry bill, which historically has been a Republican issue.