Lawful carry bill advances
Legislation supporting law-abiding Hoosier gun owners recently advanced to the Senate after clearing the Indiana House of Representatives, according to State Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown.
House Bill 1077, also known as lawful carry and supported by Engleman, would allow law-abiding adults who are legally eligible to obtain a carry permit, to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission.
Engleman said the bill’s passage out of the House brings Indiana one step closer to joining 21 other states with lawful carry, including Kentucky and Tennessee.
“Law-abiding Hoosiers should not have to wait months to obtain a permit to exercise their Constitutionally protected right,” Engleman said. “The slow speed of government bureaucracy is unacceptable when it comes to protecting yourself and your family. It’s my hope that the Senate passes this legislation to remove red tape for lawful gun owners.”
According to Engleman, House Bill 1077 would not impact current permit holders, the availability of permits in the future or the process to legally purchase a handgun. Hoosiers who purchase a firearm are still required to complete the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form and be approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Engleman said the five-year and lifetime reciprocity permits would still be available free to Hoosiers. Permit holders have reciprocity to carry in 31 other states.
The bill would also enhance the penalty for theft of a firearm from a Level 6 felony to a Level 5 felony, which carries a sentence of between one and six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.