Gun Bill

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Legislation on gun regulations appears to be close to its final form as lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony on the issue Monday.


The final bill combines eliminating the lifetime handgun license fee and allowing gun owners to carry firearms into churches that are on school grounds. It’s the latter that drew much of the debate in the final hearing.


Barbara Maness is a school volunteer and carries at both school and church. She says it’s because she wants to protect against armed people who would do harm.


Legislative leaders say no decisions have been made on whether lawmakers will advance gun regulation measures before session ends.

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President Trump hosted lawmakers from both parties to discuss gun policy and school safety on Wednesday. During the freewheeling meeting, Trump appeared to support a number of conflicting measures. NPR journalists have annotated a transcript of the exchange, adding context and analysis.


A House panel made changes Wednesday to legislation regarding guns in houses of worship on school grounds.

Current law allows guns in churches but largely bans them on school property. That means licensed gun owners are barred from carrying into church if it shares property with a school.

The legislation would change that, legalizing guns in churches on school property during worship services if the house of worship allows it.

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to allow Hoosier gun owners to carry their firearms in churches that are on school property.

Current law bars most Hoosiers from carrying guns onto school property. And that applies to churches on school grounds. Senate-approved legislation would lift that restriction for everyone during worship services and for employees and volunteers at the church at any time – unless the church bans firearms.

The House approved legislation Monday to eliminate the fee for Indiana’s lifetime handgun carry license.

Cash from gun carry permits typically goes to local law enforcement agency budgets. And some expressed concerns eliminating the fee would cut into police funding.

Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola), the bill’s author, says the fee elimination doesn’t take effect until July 2019.

Court Protectee Gun Bill Passes Legislature

Apr 24, 2017

A controversial piece of gun legislation is heading to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk after it passed through the legislature.

It allows people protected by restraining orders to carry handguns without a license for up to 60 days.

It passed easily in the House, 74 to 26, and in the Senate, 38 to 12. But those opposed argued it would escalate domestic violence situations.

Hoosiers are already allowed to keep firearms at home without a license. Senate sponsor Mark Messmer (D-Princeton) says the bill keeps victims safe outside the home.

A House committee Wednesday added the entire contents of a controversial bill on gun regulations to a different bill dealing with firearms.

House Bill 1071 allows people protected by restraining orders to carry handguns without a license for up to 60 days. The controversial measure passed the House last month and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate.


Senate lawmakers approved legislation to allow legislative staffers to carry guns in the Statehouse.

A gun regulations bill was amended in the Senate to include language that would allow legislative employees to carry guns into the building. Currently, only police, judges and lawmakers are allowed to do that.


A House committee approved a bill to allow people protected by restraining orders to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days.

Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) says he wants to make sure people are able to protect themselves when they need it most.

But Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says injecting more guns into domestic violence situations does women a disservice.

“I’m all for supporting women who are in domestic violence situations,” Austin says. “But I just don’t think this is the way to do it.”