‘Lawful carry’ gun bill to be reintroduced in upcoming legislative session

‘Lawful carry’ gun bill to be reintroduced in upcoming legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – Indiana House Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) is taking another shot at his “lawful carry” gun bill. Monday, was the start of the Indiana Statehouse legislative session. This go-round, Rep. Smaltz is reintroducing his bill that would do away with the law requiring law-abiding Hoosiers to obtain a government-issued license to carry a handgun. “This law is about the law-abiding Hoosier, they shouldn’t have to go through a process to be fingerprinted. They shouldn’t have to wait 30, 60, 90-days to get a permit,” Rep. Smaltz said. “We should not bind lawful people to those sort of steps.” That was the same message Rep. Smaltz presented when he introduced the bill last session. During that time, many WANE 15 viewers, a local gun shop, and people downtown threw major support behind the bill. However, it was killed in the Senate after not making it past the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne), who supports the Second Amendment, is the chair of that committee and didn’t fully support portions of the bill. After the bill was shot down, she stated that many senators along with law enforcement agencies, had concerns regarding a database that the state would have to create to confirm whether or not an individual was allowed to carry a handgun without a license. Allen County Sheriff David J. Gladieux and Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed were both vocal about how they felt this bill could put officers’ lives in danger. Rep. Smaltz […]

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