Indiana lawmakers consider state handgun licensing repeal

A push to repeal Indiana's law requiring state licenses to carry handguns in public is going before legislators.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 7:08 AM
Updated: Jan. 24, 2018 3:49 PM

Update: A proposal to repeal the state's handgun licensing law was dropped Wednesday by an Indiana House committee in the face of opposition from several police organizations.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A push to repeal Indiana's law requiring state licenses to carry handguns in public is going before legislators.

The Indiana House Public Policy Committee is scheduled to hear testimony and vote Wednesday morning on a bill that would allow any resident to carry a handgun unless they are prohibited from having firearms under state or federal law. Such reasons include previous felony convictions, people facing restraining order or those with dangerous mental illnesses.

Supporters of the repeal argue the current license requirement infringes on the Second Amendment.

Currently, Indiana residents wish to carry a handgun must fill out an application, get fingerprinted and pay a fee. Several police organizations support keeping the current licensing.

A similar bill failed last year in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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