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Indiana: A Very Productive Week for Pro-Gun Bills – But Transport Permit Reform Needs Your Help!

Friday, April 8, 2011

On April 6, Senate Bill 506 was re-heard and re-passed in the House Public Policy Committee by a 10 to 0 vote. This “Transport Permit Reform” bill would make important reforms to the current “transport permit” requirement forced on lawful Hoosier gun owners and travelers in 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, unless you have some form of state-issued permit. 

Opponents of SB 506, including the Chamber of Commerce and business community, are now attacking the “Transport Permit Reform” bill because they want to force Hoosier gun owners to have state-issued permits before lawfully transporting a firearm ANYWHERE outside their home or fixed place of business. 

When you call or e-mail, please tell your state Representative that SB 506 does:

  • Bring Indiana into line with the VAST MAJORITY of states that have no such transport permit requirement to transport a lawful firearm in a vehicle;
  • remove an unnecessary trap that ONLY affects lawful citizens, not criminals;
  • NOT make employee parking lots more dangerous (as the Chamber alleges);
  • NOT impact a private person’s ability to prohibit the possession of firearms on their private property; and
  • NOT change current state or federal code regarding possession by prohibited persons.

The “Transport Permit Reform” bill will be eligible for its second reading vote on the House floor as early as Monday, April 11. Please contact your state Representative TODAY to urge his or her support of a STRONG SB 506! For your state Representative’s contact information or help identifying your state Representative, please click, here

Other Updates:

On April 5, the House passed Senate Bill 411, the “Parking Lot 2.0” bill, to prevent companies from requiring employees or prospective employees from divulging personal firearm ownership and possession information as a condition of employment. This year, this legislation received no official opposition from the business community, including the Chamber of Commerce, as the bad-apple companies were caught red-handed in their abuse of the Parking Lot law. SB 411 passed the House by an overwhelming, bi-partisan vote of 80 to 17, an even stronger vote than last year’s original “Parking Lot” law! The “Parking Lot 2.0” bill headed back to the Senate without amendments and will soon be ready for the Governor’s signature.

Also on April 6, the House Committee on Public Policy passed Senate Bill 94 by a 11 to 0 vote. The “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase” bill would allow Hoosiers 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 such purchases. SB 94 brings Indiana law into line with current BATFE recognition of non-contiguous state long gun purchases and is sponsored in the House by state Representative Matthew Lehman (R-79) and co-sponsored by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57). The “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase” bill now heads to the House floor for its second reading, also as early as Monday, April 11.

NRA would like to thank the House Public Policy Chairman, Representative Bill Davis, for hearing these gun bills, as well as the rest of the committee members who voted in support of these pro-gun bills: Vice Chairman Wes Culver, Representatives Eberhart, Knollman, Lehman, Lutz, Messmer, Wesco, GiaQuinta, Austin and Pelath.

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