Bill would repeal law requiring license to carry handgun

INDIANAPOLIS - A state representative wants to get rid of the existing law that requires a license to carry a handgun.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, said there is a large increase in the number of people who are applying for a license to carry a handgun – both in Indiana and across the nation.

He said the application process is “burdensome” and something gun owners shouldn’t have to do.

State law currently requires a person to have a license in order to carry a handgun in their car or on themselves. That would change under Lucas’ bill. As a result, several Class A and Class B misdemeanors would also be eliminated.

The state fee for handgun licenses runs from $10 for four years to $50 for a lifetime license. A portion of the money collected from those application fees goes into the state’s general fund. 

State analysts estimate the fund would lose $4.1 million in the next budget year if the law is repealed.

"This is geared toward the innocent person. I want to remove one more obstacle in their path where they can defend themselves," Lucas said.

Four other states do not require permits to carry a handgun including Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Lucas was also proposing a second bill to allow handguns on state property. Under the proposal, state agencies, along with state-supported colleges and universities, would not be allowed to regulate possession or transportation of guns on state property or in buildings owned by the state.

There would be some exceptions such as law enforcement agencies and conditions already in place within the Department of Community Corrections.

A hearing has not been scheduled for either bill.

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