Indiana lawmakers suggest getting rid of gun carry permits

Indiana lawmakers suggest getting rid of gun carry permits

INDIANAPOLIS –– Should Indiana get rid of the license to carry a gun in public? Supporters of a bill that would remove the permit process said permits punish the law abiding citizen, but those opposed claim the screening process keeps Hoosiers safe. “Anything that can make things easier for somebody who is a law abiding citizen is always something that I think I’m going to try to support,” said Indianapolis gun owner Eric Housman. Like many who support getting rid of permits to carry a gun, he doesn’t think he should have to go through a screening process to practice his second amendment right. “I think we are all very strong supporters of the second amendment,” responded Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly with the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. “By repealing processes like this that are good screening mechanisms, we are going to put more guns out on the street, and there are going to be people that should not be carrying them will be carrying them.” Flannelly said his department alone denied 55 people from getting carry permits last year based on their background check. But the bill does still make it illegal for people with certain criminal backgrounds to carry a gun in public, they just need to know Indiana law well enough to know they don’t qualify. “There are 16 states that have already adopted constitutional carry,” said Guy A. Relford, the CEO and co-founder of the 2A Project and an Indiana second amendment lawyer. […]

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