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Indiana: House Committee Passes Amended Self-Defense Bill

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Indiana: House Committee Passes Amended Self-Defense Bill

On March 27th, the Indiana state House Committee on Ways & Means voted to pass Senate Bill 119 to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in Indiana.  It will now go to the full House of Representatives where it should be on the floor calendar for next week.  Please contact your state Representatives and urge them to SUPPORT SB 119.  Click the “Take Action” button to contact your state Representative.

Senate Bill 119, authored by Senator Jim Tomes (R-49), was amended to include language with important self-defense concepts that were originally in House Bill 1643, which failed to advance from the House prior to the crossover deadline, while keeping the original intent of SB 119, which is to make an important technical correction dealing with the transfer of certain firearms in Indiana.  These concepts include extending four-year Licenses to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years, eliminating fees for the new five-year LTCH, and clarifying the authority of private property owners to establish carry policies in places of worship.  Removing barriers for lawful carry in Indiana, to include taxes and fees, is significant for many Hoosier gun owners that desire to carry for the defense of themselves and others.

Again, please contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT SB 119.

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