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Federal Gun Law Debate Could Impact Indiana Legislation

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The federal bill would mean a gun license in one state would be valid in any other state, even those with stricter regulations.

Indiana legislative leaders say a debate in Congress over what’s called “concealed carry reciprocity” could have an impact on discussion in the General Assembly.

The federal bill would mean a gun license in one state would be valid in any other state, even those with stricter regulations. Meanwhile, Indiana lawmakers wrestle with whether to eliminate the need for Hoosiers to have a license to carry a handgun in public.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says the federal discussion changes the state’s.

“What’s that mean to Indiana if a Texas resident comes here and says, ‘I have a Texas permit, or I don’t need one in Texas so I don’t need one in Indiana,’” Holdman says.

Law enforcement groups oppose the change to Indiana’s law, which has given some Republican leaders – including Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) – doubts about the measure. Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics Director Andrew Downs says the federal debate gives Hoosiers GOP leaders “an out.”

“He could always say, ‘Hey, there’s no point in us doing this – the feds are dealing with it. Let’s wait and see what they come up with,’” Downs says.

The session begins Jan. 3.

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  • Marvant

    If it passes, it’s not good governance.

  • bengal tiger

    Agree. Individual states should decide if they want reciprocity OR not, with other states.

    Regarding the other stupidity our lawmakers are having, is even debating whether or not there is a need for a license to carry a handgun in public. They sure as hell don’t have the best interests of our Law Enforcement Officers in mind.

  • ohhhh

    states rights, I thought those were racist? or is that only when it’s convenient for you?

    Concealed carry holders have lower instances of legal issues due to firearms than police do when carrying off duty, facts aren’t on your side on this one.

  • bengal tiger

    It’s a state’s decision to make.

  • ohhhh

    I have been told repeatedly that wanting the states to have the rights to make decisions was racist, I guess it isn’t for you though conveniently?

  • bengal tiger

    Are you a racist?

  • ohhhh

    of course not, but I have also been told repeatedly that if I say I am not racist then I am so by that logic you are too I guess.

    I never said the states didn’t have the right to decide, I am saying it was racist when I said it so you must be racist too.

  • bengal tiger

    You’re sure your not a racist?

  • ohhhh

    well I don’t think black people are too dumb to get IDs like some racists I know.

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