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Bill Would Eliminate Permit Requirement To Purchase Handguns

A proposal in the Indiana House would get rid of the state law that requires a permit to carry a handgun.

Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is sponsoring the measure.

"Unless you are prohibited from carrying a gun in the state of Indiana, you are going to get a license," says Lucas. "So if you are prohibited from carrying it, and you're carrying a gun, you're breaking the law anyway."

Lucas is also sponsoring a proposal that would prohibit state colleges and universities from regulating the possession of guns on campus.

The ideas aren't sitting well with house Democrats. Rep. Ed Delaney (D- Indianapolis) argues that state has few regulations left on guns.

"And they're the hardcore central provisions of the law," Delaney says. "I don't want to see those changed. We need to move in the other direction to protect our public more, not in this direction."

Governor Mike Pence says he hasn't reviewed the proposals, but he says he thinks the state has a good "framework" of laws in place to protect Second Amendment rights.

"When we look at some of the violence that has beset communities across the country, I believe now more than ever it's important we protect we protect the right of law-abiding citizens across this state," says Pence.

No word yet if or when the bills will be discussed for the first time.

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