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Indiana: Preemption Improvement Legislation and Transport Permit Reform Bill Still on the Move in the Senate!

Friday, February 11, 2011

On Thursday, February 10, the Indiana Senate approved the Firearm Preemption bill, Senate Bill 292, on Second Reading. This legislation avoided two potential poison pill amendments and the bill now awaits Third Reading in the Senate before moving to the House. SB 292 could be brought up as soon as Monday, February 14.  Senate Bill 506, legislation to remove the “transportation permit” requirement, is also expected to be brought up for Second Reading as early as Monday for Second Reading.

Senate Bill 292, filed by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), would remove all grandfathered municipalities and strengthen the current firearm preemption law to ensure Hoosier gun owners can enjoy the same level of statewide firearm freedoms, regardless of where they reside in Indiana. The law would also protect travelers throughout the state from running afoul of a patchwork of different gun laws when they cross municipal boundaries.


Senate Bill 506, also by state Senator Jim Tomes, would remove the onerous “transport permit” requirement from lawful Hoosier gun owners and travelers within Indiana. It is currently illegal to transport a handgun in your vehicle for any reason unless you are driving from the point of purchase to your home or fixed place of business, or from your home or fixed place of business to a gunsmith for repair. SB 506, the Transport Permit bill, still awaits a second reading vote.


Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to continue supporting pro-firearm freedom legislation and help pass both SB 292 and SB 506. To locate your state Senator and find their contact information, please click here.

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