Indiana Lawmakers Pump Breaks On Constitutional Carry Proposal
By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Indiana lawmakers are halting talks on repealing the permit requirements for carrying firearms.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana lawmakers are postponing a committee meeting that was scheduled for Thursday – just a week and a half after Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas.
In August, State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) began publicly pushing for a repeal of the state’s gun permit law, saying law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to get state permission to carry out their constitutional rights to bear arms.
Similar proposals have failed the last two years in the Republican-dominated legislature.
On the flip side, Democrats have been pushing for stricter gun laws for quite some time, including requiring training for anyone applying for a carry permit.
House Speaker Brian Bosma has previously said he didn’t see the point in permit-less carry. Governor Holcomb added that constitutional carry is low on his priority list.
Even without constitutional carry, Indiana already has one of the most gun-friendly climates in the country. In 2016, Indiana had the second highest percentage of permit-holding adults at 16 percent. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, more than 815,000 Hoosiers have a permit today.
Perhaps the biggest debate is going on nationally, where gun control enthusiasts are pushing for federal lawmakers to regulate “bump stock” devices like the ones used in Las Vegas to quickly shoot hundreds of people.
It’s unclear how the events in Las Vegas will affect things in Indiana, but lawmakers are scheduled to convene at the end of the month to resume talk on gun permit laws.