Indiana residents who wish to carry a loaded handgun in public must obtain a permit, which requires a background check. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy is considering a proposal to remove the permit requirement.
The League of Women Voters (the League) is opposing the proposal. According to the League, “the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. …The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.”
Gun regulations have been used to deny people with disabilities access to firearms, especially those with mental health issues. In 2016, the Social Security Administration issued new rules requiring the Administration to report Social Security recipients who have been deemed unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease” to the Attorney General, for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The recipients added to the system would be unable to purchase firearms. The rule was reversed by Congress earlier this year.
People wishing to share their thoughts about permitless carry can attend the committee meeting at the Indiana State House on October 12. See the meeting schedule here. They can also contact Committee Chair Senator Rodric Bray at 232-9400 or Senator.Bray@iga.in.gov.
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