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Indiana “Constitutional Carry” Bill Introduced

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Jan. 8, 2016) – A “Constitutional Carry” bill – to support the right of carrying a handgun without a carry license or permit – has been filed in Indiana. 

Representative Jim Lucas (R – 69) filed House Bill 1056 (HB1056) on January 5, 2016 . The bill repeals current requirements under law by specifying that a person who may otherwise legally carry a handgun is not required to obtain or possess a license or permit from the state to carry a handgun in Indiana.

“It doesn’t make sense to me to make a lawful person jump through hoops and have to pay the state money so they can exercise their constitutionally protected right,” Rep. Lucas recently told the Indianapolis Star

The bill as introduced also outlines procedures regarding state reciprocity for Hoosiers who wish to carry a firearm in another state. Approximately 31 states currently honor Indiana handgun licenses; Indiana honors ALL states permits/licenses.

HB1056 has been referred to the House Committee on Public Policy – a Republican-dominated committee of which Rep. Lucas is a member. If passed by the committee, it will go to a vote by the full House.

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in Indiana, contact your State Representative (http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/) as well as the members of the House Committee on Public Policy and strongly, but respectfully urge them to support and pass HB1056.

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