House Bill 1077, which will allow gun owners to carry without a permit, passed the Indiana House Tuesday. The bill now heads to the Senate.
The bill would allow anyone age 18 or older to carry a handgun except for reasons such as having a felony conviction or having a dangerous mental illness.
Supporters argue the permit requirement undermines Second Amendment protections by forcing law-abiding citizens to undergo police background checks.
“This right is a God-given natural right, not one given by the government. The government should not be your plan for self-defense. It’s your responsibility to protect yourself, your families, your loved ones as well as your neighbors,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush.
— Via WTHR
If passed, Indiana would become the 22nd state in the Country to have such a law on the books. And if we’ve learned anything from the current constitutional carry states, it’s that crime hasn’t gone rampant and it’s not the wild west.
The current constitutional carry states in the US are:
North Dakota (residents only; concealed carry only)
Tennessee (handguns only)