Holcomb signs permitless carry bill, allowing Hoosiers to carry handguns without license

Holcomb signs permitless carry bill, allowing Hoosiers to carry handguns without license

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended his decision to sign the permitless carry bill by expressing his “[full] support” for the Second Amendment and noting that 23 other states have some version of the policy. Hoosiers will no longer have to get a permit to carry a handgun in public, starting July 1. That’s after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the so-called “permitless carry” bill, HEA 1296 , into law Monday. In a statement, Holcomb defended his decision by expressing his “[full] support” for the Second Amendment and noting that 23 other states have some version of a permitless carry policy. He also says people currently barred from carrying in public will still be barred from carrying in public after the law takes effect. Yet the Indiana State Police testified that thousands of people each year had their carry permit applications denied. Opponents of the bill question how those people will know they’re not allowed to carry in public once the permits are no longer required. Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana Two-Way. Text “Indiana” to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on statewide issues. Trying to follow along with our coverage of the legislative session? We’ve compiled all the stories our reporters have published by bill number and topic here . In a statement accompanying Holcomb’s, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter pledged to “work towards solutions” enacting the law and “make necessary changes to firearms enforcement.” […]

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