Yesterday, January 24th, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee passed House Bill 1424 with a vote of 12-1. Sponsored by Representative Timothy Wesco (R-21), the legislation as passed from the committee would extend the duration of the regular License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years and remove fees for lifetime licenses.
On the Senate side, the Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 237 with a 7-0 vote. Sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-37), SB 237 would also extend the duration of a 4-year LTCH to five years. It brings Indiana back into compliance with federal regulations to allow the LTCH to qualify as an alternative to the NICS check.
Both of these bills have the NICS exemption language, which would ensure that law-abiding permit holders who have been fully vetted and have undergone a NICS check to purchase or receive a firearm from a firearm dealer without the delays sometimes associated with a NICS check. The permit itself acts as verification that the holder has undergone a background check and is neither prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
Your NRA will keep you updated on these bills as they continue to move through the legislature. Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on issues affecting your Second Amendment and hunting rights in Indiana.