Indiana senators blocking bill that would repeal state’s gun permit requirement

Indiana senators blocking bill that would repeal state’s gun permit requirement

STOCK – Latest News INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican-dominated Indiana Senate is blocking a bill that would repeal the state’s permit requirement for carrying a handgun in public. Republicans easily pushed the proposal through the Indiana House, but Senate leaders have decided against taking up the bill in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session even though it was co-sponsored by 21 GOP members of the 50-person Senate. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Liz Brown told The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette that the panel wouldn’t consider the bill before Thursday’s deadline for action. Instead, the Senate will support eliminating the $75 fee for a lifetime permit after the Legislature eliminated the state’s five-year permit fee in a 2019 bill. Rep. Ben Smaltz, an Auburn Republican who is the lead sponsor of this year’s bill, argued that criminals don’t obey the permitting law and that it undermines Second Amendment protections by forcing law-abiding citizens to obtain the permits. The bill would allow anyone age 18 or older to carry a handgun except for reasons such as having a felony conviction, facing a restraining order from a court or having a dangerous mental illness. Smaltz said many people have waited months for a permit because of a backlog in getting fingerprints and background checks. “Why not give the lawful good guy a break for once?” Smaltz said. Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray pointed to opposition from the Indiana State Police superintendent, the state police chiefs association and the Indiana Fraternal Order […]

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