Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Indiana: Five Critical Pro-Gun Reforms Take Effect Today!

Friday, July 1, 2011

As Hoosiers prepare to celebrate America’s Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy, gun owners have something else to celebrate: five important gun law reforms took effect in Indiana on Friday, July 1.

2011 was the most successful pro-gun legislative session in the Hoosier State’s recent history, as the Indiana General Assembly passed and Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law five NRA-supported bills that will expand and protect the rights of lawful gun owners.

As of July 1, Hoosiers:

  • Are protected from employer anti-gun workplace discrimination;
  • have the ability to purchase a long gun in any state that allows such sales;
  • can transport a firearm to a shooting range without a state-issued permit;
  • know that wherever one might travel throughout Indiana, the same firearm laws and freedoms apply evenly across local boundaries; and 
  • are able to carry a loaded firearm on their person on off-road vehicles on private property.

Senate Enrolled Act 292, the “Firearm Preemption Reform” bill, mandates a strong and meaningful statewide standard for all firearm laws in Indiana, prevents municipalities from restricting firearm purchases, ownership and lawful carry that are allowed by state law, and removes existing special exemptions for particular communities. 

This bill was authored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and was coauthored by Senators Jim Smith (R-45), Scott Schneider (R-30), Jim Banks (R-17), Brent Waltz (R-36), Brent Steele (R-44), Dennis Kruse (R-14), John Waterman (R-39), Brandt Hershman (R-7), and NRA Board Member Senator Johnny Nugent (R-43).  The measure was sponsored in the House by state Representative Mike Speedy (R-90) and cosponsored by Representatives Sean Eberhart (R-57), Eric Koch (R-65), Heath VanNatter (R-38) and Terry Goodin (D-66).

Senate Enrolled Act 506, the “Firearm Transport Permit Reform” bill, makes important reforms to current Indiana law. Until SEA 506 becomes effective Friday, July 1, state law bans the transport of a handgun in your vehicle without a state-issued permit for any reason unless 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.

The “Firearm Transport Permit Reform” bill was authored by state Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) and coauthored by Senators Dennis Kruse (R-14), Jim Smith (R-45), Scott Schneider (R-30), Brent Waltz (R-36), Michael Young (R-35), John Waterman (R-39), Travis Holdman (R-19), Jim Banks (R-17) and NRA Board Member Johnny Nugent (R-43). The measure was sponsored in the House by state Representative Heath VanNatter (R-38) and cosponsored by Representatives Sean Eberhart (R-57) and Robert Morris (R-84).

Senate Enrolled Act 411, also known as the “Parking Lot 2.0” bill, clarifies and strengthens last year’s “Parking Lot” employee protection bill by putting an end to abusive corporate anti-gun policies by several employers around the state, including forced firearm registration, random vehicle searches, and publicized “gun zone” parking lots for gun owning employees.

This bill was authored by state Senators Johnny Nugent (R-43) and Jim Tomes (R-49) and was sponsored in the House by state Representative Eberhart (R-57) and cosponsored by Representatives Woody Burton (R-58) and David Cheatham (D-69).

Senate Enrolled Act 94 is known as the “Non-Contiguous State Firearm Purchase” bill.  SEA 94 removes the unnecessary and onerous ban on lawful rifle and shotgun purchases in states that do not border Indiana.  SEA 94 also aids Indiana’s economy by allowing Indiana firearm retailers to sell rifles and shotguns to lawful residents of non-border states who travel or shop in Indiana. This bill was authored by state Senators Travis Holdman (R-19) and Jim Tomes (R-49) and co-authored by Senators Johnny Nugent (R-43), Brent Steele (R-44), Lindel Hume (D-48), John Waterman (R-39), Dennis Kruse (R-14), Allen Paul (R-27), Ron Grooms (R-46), Jim Smith (R-45)  and Tom Wyss (R-15). In the House, the bill was sponsored by state Representative Matthew Lehman (R-79) and cosponsored by Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57).

Senate Enrolled Act 154 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.  SEA 154 was authored by state Senator Brent Steele (R-44) and co-authored by Senators Jim Buck (R-21), Dennis Kruse (R-14) and Phil Boots (R-23). The bill was sponsored in the House by Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and was co-authored by Representatives Dale Grubb (D-42), Matt Ubelhor (R-62) and Steve Davisson (R-73).

The NRA would also like to thank Governor Mitch Daniels, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-16) and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) for supporting each of these important new reforms.

All five firearm laws went into effect on July 1, just in time for our nation’s Independence Day celebration.

TRENDING NOW
Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2620, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act." This bill would remove ATF's authority to use the ...

Concealed Carrying Hits New High, Underscores Need for National Law

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Concealed Carrying Hits New High, Underscores Need for National Law

Information collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) indicates an unprecedented surge in the number of concealed carry permits, with the largest one-year increase on record occurring between May 2016 and May 2017.

Legislation Reintroduced to Permanently Dismantle Obama-Era Enforcement Abuse

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Legislation Reintroduced to Permanently Dismantle Obama-Era Enforcement Abuse

This week, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) reintroduced the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, a bill aimed at permanently dismantling Operation Choke Point (OCP).  

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.

New Zealand Police Mislead Current and Prospective Gun Owners

News  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Zealand Police Mislead Current and Prospective Gun Owners

Back in April, NRA-ILA alerted readers to the results of the New Zealand Parliament Law and Order Committee’s “Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand,” which proposed that a ...

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable ...

Public Health Researchers Use Common Gun Control Tactic to Mislead on “Children” and Guns

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Public Health Researchers Use Common Gun Control Tactic to Mislead on “Children” and Guns

It is one of the most well-worn tactics of those who advocate for gun control. Step one, acquire statistics on firearms injuries among children ages 0-14. Step two, combine these relatively low numbers with the ...

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

Second Amendment  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. ...

Abbott Signs Senate Bill 16, Bringing Texas License To Carry Fees Down to Among Lowest in Nation

News  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Abbott Signs Senate Bill 16, Bringing Texas License To Carry Fees Down to Among Lowest in Nation

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for signing into law NRA-backed legislation that will make license to carry fees in Texas among the lowest in the ...

South Carolina: Governor McMaster Signs Pro-Gun Bill

Monday, May 22, 2017

South Carolina: Governor McMaster Signs Pro-Gun Bill

Last Friday, May 19, Governor Henry McMaster (R) signed H. 3429 into law.  This bill went into effect upon the Governor’s approval.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.