Indiana lawmaker looks to eliminate gun-free zones after state makes lifetime permits free

Indiana lawmaker looks to eliminate gun-free zones after state makes lifetime permits free

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)— It’s been one week since a new Indiana law made it free for Hoosiers to apply for lifetime gun permits. The response overwhelmed the Indiana State Police Department. On July 1, the Indiana State Police firearms licensing websit e experienced a “high number” of applicants that stopped many in their tracks as they attempted to apply for a lifetime gun permit. On that first day, more than seven thousand Hoosiers applied for the licenses. Within the first week, Indiana State Police told WANE 15 that more than 25,000 people had signed up for the license. Indiana House Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) believes that the new law was long overdue. “This is something that should have never been a discussion to begin with – licensing a constitutional right,” said Rep. Jim Lucas. “So the state is not allowing it. We are relinquishing the infringement we’ve been putting on Hoosier citizens for all this time.” A line in the state’s two-year budget that passed during the 2021 legislative session eliminated the $125 fee that Hoosiers once had to pay for the license. The state is already feeling the pinch. In one week, the state lost an estimated $3.1 million that used to come from the handgun license fee. That money used to go to local police departments. Lucas said he believes that the state should not be using the license of a ‘constitutional right for revenue.’ “I support our police officers and believe they should be trained […]

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