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Indiana: “Firearms Preemption Bill” Hearing Delayed – PLEASE Contact State House Leadership Today!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Senate Bill 292, the “Firearm Preemption Reform” bill, will not be heard as planned on tomorrow in the House Public Policy Committee. This NRA-backed top priority bill has been delayed for further consideration and information-gathering.

SB 292 would mandate a strong and meaningful statewide standard for all firearm laws in Indiana, but has come under constant attack in the media and by anti-gun opponents.

Contrary to deceptive and inaccurate reports, SB 292 does NOT:

  • change current state code outlawing the negligent, reckless or careless use and discharge of firearms – or the criminal charges for such offenses (IC 35-42-2-2);
  • affect current state bans on K-12 or public college campuses (IC 35-47-9); or
  • interfere with contractual agreements between private event promoters and event attendees. Private events can still regulate any items they choose (restrict backpacks, alcohol, firearms OR require the wearing of shirts, for example) at events – including conventions, the Colts, NCAA, or the Super Bowl.

Indiana’s Speaker of the House, state Representative Brian Bosma (R-88), is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights and a friend to Hoosier gun owners, but he needs to hear from YOU to combat the false and deceptive pressure from the media, the Indy-based Capital Improvement Board (CIB) and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns!

Please contact the House Leadership to respectfully urge their support of a STRONG “Firearm Preemption” bill. Speaker Bosma must hear from you TODAY!

House Majority Leadership:

Representative Brian Bosma (R-88), Speaker of the House
H88@in.gov; 1-800-382-9841

Representative Bill Friend (R-23), Majority Floor Leader
H23@in.gov

Representative Dave Frizzell (R-93), Majority Whip
H93@in.gov

Other Updates:

As NRA reported on April 1, the House Public Policy Committee passed Senate Bill 506, Indiana’s “Firearm Transport Permit Reform” bill, by an overwhelming 9 to 1 vote. However, an unintentional procedural error by the legislative services staff requires that SB 506 be heard again in the Public Policy committee before it can move to the full House floor. NRA is optimistic SB 506 will pass again tomorrow by a comparable margin.

Potentially on the April 6 docket for the Public Policy Committee is NRA-backed Senate Bill 94. SB 94 would allow citizens of Indiana to purchase a long gun in any state, and allow a citizen of any other state to purchase a long gun in Indiana, so long as both states allow said purchase. The “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase Bill” is sponsored in the House by state Representative Matthew Lehman (R-79) and co-sponsored by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57).

Yesterday on the House floor, Senate Bill 411, the “Parking Lot 2.0” bill, passed second reading with no amendments or controversial debate. The “Parking Lot 2.0” bill is on the calendar for a final passage vote this afternoon. 

Your NRA will continue to keep you updated on these and other bills throughout the remainder of the 2011 legislative session. As always, thank you for contacting your representatives and the House Majority Leadership team. Your phone calls and e-mails do make a difference.

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