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Permit-less handgun carry bill passed by Indiana House

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 4:48 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA) - The latest effort to lift requirements for a license to carry a handgun in Indiana has cleared the state House of Representatives. HB1077, which would end the permit requirement, now heads to the Senate for consideration.

A similar effort stalled there last year, but proponents are optimistic that the bill, authored by Auburn Republican Rep. Ben Smaltz, can make it to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb this session. It’s drawn opposition from some law enforcement groups, who argue that the licensing process reduces the risk posed to officers.

Backers of HB1077 include the NRA, which says the measure “ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays.”

The bill passed out of committee on a strictly partisan vote, and the full house vote -- 64 in favor and 29 against -- was driven by Republican support for the measure.

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