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Indiana to Benefit from Five New Pro-Gun Laws on July 1, 2011!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

In one of the most successful pro-gun legislative sessions in the Hoosier State’s recent history, the Indiana General Assembly passed and Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law five new NRA-supported firearm bills!

As of July 1, Hoosiers will:

  • Be protected from employer anti-gun workplace discrimination;
  • Have the ability to purchase a long gun in any state that allows such sales;
  • Transport a firearm to a shooting range without a state-issued permit;
  • Know that wherever they travel throughout Indiana, the same firearm laws and freedoms apply evenly across local boundaries; and 
  • Carry a loaded firearm on their person on off-road vehicles on private property.

Senate Enrolled Act 506, the “Transport Permit Reform” bill, passed in the Senate by a 43 to 7 vote and in the House by an 84 to 13 vote. SEA 506 was authored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and sponsored in the House by Representative Heath VanNatter (R-38). This bill was signed into law by Governor Daniels on May 10. 

Click links below to see how your state Representative and state Senator voted to reform Indiana’s “Firearm Transport Permit”:

Indiana House of Representatives Roll Call vote for SEA 506

Indiana Senate Roll Call vote for SEA 506

Senate Enrolled Act 292, the “Firearm Preemption Reform” bill, passed in the General Assembly on the final day of the 2011 legislative session.  SEA 292 was approved 40 to 10 in the Senate and 70 to 24 in the House.  Governor Daniels signed this bill on Tuesday, May 10.  SEA 292 was authored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and sponsored by Representative Mike Speedy (R-90).

Click the links below to see how your state Representative and state Senator voted to establish a strong statewide mandate for Indiana firearm laws:

Indiana House of Representatives Roll Call vote for SEA 292  

Indiana Senate Roll Call vote for SEA 292

On April 26, Governor Daniels signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 94, the “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase” bill.  SEA 94 was authored by state Senator Travis Holdman (R-19) and sponsored in the House by state Representative Matthew Lehman (R-79).

Click the links below to see how your state Representative and state Senator voted for the “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase” bill:

Indiana House of Representatives Roll Call vote on SEA 94

Indiana Senate Roll Call vote on SEA 94

Governor Daniels also signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 411, the “Parking Lot 2.0” bill, on April 15. Authored by NRA Board Member and state Senator Johnny Nugent (R-43) and sponsored in the House by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57), SEA 411 protects Hoosier employees from workplace anti-gun discrimination.

Click the links below to see how your state Representative and Senator voted to protect Hoosier employees from anti-gun workplace discrimination:

Indiana House of Representatives Roll Call vote for SEA 411

Indiana Senate Roll Call vote for SEA 411

On April 20, Governor Daniels signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 154, which allows loaded firearms on off-road vehicles on private property if the person carrying the firearm owns or has permission to be on the property.  Authored in the Senate by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44) and sponsored in the House by Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57), this bill passed in the Senate by a 45 to1 vote and in the House by an 83 to 6 vote.

Click the links below to see how your state Representative and state Senator voted to allow loaded firearms on off-road vehicles on private property:

Indiana House of Representatives Roll Call vote on SEA 154

Indiana Senate Roll Call vote on SEA 154


NRA member’s communications to their state legislators can have a big impact on how they vote on firearm-related legislation, both now and in the future. It is just as important to thank your legislators after they support the Second Amendment as it is to ask for their vote.   Please thank Governor Daniels, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-16), House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) and the authors and sponsors of these gun bills for supporting your Second Amendment rights!

All five firearm laws go into effect July 1, 2011.

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