Indiana’s governor has signed the state legislature’s Constitutional Carry bill, making the state America’s 24th permitless carry state. Margaret Menge reports for the Shelbyville News:
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed constitutional carry into law Monday night, making Indiana the 24th state to lift restrictions and allow people to carry a handgun without having to get a permit or license.
“The Second Amendment has been debated for years, yet time and again our U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed this important constitutional right that I fully support,” Holcomb said in a statement.
He said only people 18 years old and older who are legally allowed to possess a handgun will be able to now legally carry a gun outside the home, on their person or in a vehicle.
“It’s important to note that if a person is prohibited, under federal or state laws, from possessing a firearm before this law goes into effect, that person will still be prohibited,” Holcomb said. “And if a prohibited person has a firearm, he or she can be prosecuted.”
A prohibited person is anyone who falls into one of several categories, including those who have a domestic violence conviction, a record of being alcohol or drug abusers, a conviction for resisting law enforcement in the last five years, or have committed any crime which they could have been sentenced for more than a year.
The handgun licensing program will remain in place for anyone who wants to get a license to carry to take advantage of reciprocity agreements Indiana has with other states, or to be able to easily prove they have been vetted and are not a prohibited person.
Also, the 1.2 million handgun licenses held by Hoosiers will remain active and may still be used.
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