Indiana House votes to eliminate license to carry a handgun in state
February 23, 2021 at 07:47
The Indiana House voted Monday to eliminate the license to carry a handgun in the state -- an apparent victory, at least temporary, for supporters of Second Amendment gun rights.
House Bill 1369, which passed the House by a 65-31 vote and now heads to the Senate, repeals a law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis StarIt allows for any person who is lawfully able to carry and possess a firearm to do so without a government-issued permit or license, reports said.
The bill specified that certain offenders still could be prohibited from carrying handguns.
Police, however, argued that eliminating screening processes would put more guns on the streets, making communities less safe.
"I think we are all very strong supporters of the second amendment," said Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly with the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.
Currently, to apply for a new Indiana license to carry a handgun, you have to be 18 or older, register online, schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken, and complete local law enforcement agency processing within 180 days.
"This bill is for the lawful citizen in the state of Indiana," said bill author Rep. Ben Smaltz, a Republican.
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Flannelly said his department denied 55 people from getting carry permits last year based on their background check.
Critics also argue that it won't be easy for police to check if someone is allowed to carry a firearm.
or check on those who try to carry when they aren't supposed to, according to the Indianapolis Star.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe bill would eliminate the license in March 2022.