Yesterday, the Indiana state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1424 71-20 and the state Senate previously passed Senate Bill 237 49-0. Each bill will now cross over to the opposite chamber for further consideration.
HB 1424, sponsored by Representative Timothy Wesco (R-21), would extend the duration of a 4-year License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years and remove fees for lifetime licenses.
SB 237, sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-37), would also extend the duration of a LTCH to five years.
Both of these bills will bring the Indiana LTCH into compliance with federal law to make it eligible for NICS exemption, which would ensure that law-abiding permit holders who have been fully vetted and have undergone a NICS check may purchase or receive a firearm from a firearm dealer without the delays sometimes associated with an additional 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.