Crossfire over Indiana right-to-carry bill as gun group warns of new ‘crime’ database

Crossfire over Indiana right-to-carry bill as gun group warns of new ‘crime’ database

WKanadpon / Shutterstock.com (The Center Square) – An Indiana gun rights group is warning that a “poison pill” amendment has been added to the right-to-carry bill that is making its way through the legislature – one it says will imperil civil liberties and create serious problems for legal gun owners, and everyone else. “What Smaltz is trying to do here is basically make it so a criminal background check gets run every time they pull someone over, which has all sorts of concerns,” says Brenden Boudreau of the group Hoosier Gun Rights. The bill, authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, would allow anyone who is legally able to own a handgun to carry one with them when they leave the house without having to get a license. It would allow both concealed and open carry. But it was amended last week to order the Indiana State Police to create a system for police to be able to research a person’s criminal history at a traffic stop. In a Facebook video addressing members and supporters Wednesday, Boudreau said that while he appreciates the “newfound” support for constitutional carry among Indiana Republicans, legislators have been “tone deaf” to their concerns. “Our concern is that by giving these government agents carte blanche authority to come up with a system to, quote unquote, give prohibited persons’ information to law enforcement officials is that there’s no oversight,” he said. “And not only that, there are all sort of due process issues, all sort of […]

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