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Indiana Panel Could Back Eliminating State Handgun Licensing

Republican Rep. Jim Lucas, of Seymour, argues the licensing requirement infringes on the Second Amendment.

An Indiana legislative panel could vote on whether to endorse a proposal to eliminate an Indiana law requiring a license to carry a handgun.

The Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy is scheduled to hold its final meeting of the year Monday. Up for discussion will be a proposal pushed by Republican Rep. Jim Lucas, of Seymour, who argues the licensing requirement infringes on the Second Amendment.

Any action taken won’t be binding. But a favorable committee recommendation could be considered during the General Assembly session that starts in January.

Currently Indiana residents wish to carry a handgun must fill out an application, get fingerprinted and pay a fee. Several police organizations support keeping the current licensing.

A similar bill by Lucas failed last session in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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