Indiana Gov. Holcomb Makes it 24; ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill Signed

Indiana Gov. Holcomb Makes it 24; ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill Signed (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Indiana has become the 24th state to adopt so-called “constitutional carry” legislation, as Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed legislation eliminating the need for a license to carry a handgun, eliciting anguish from the gun prohibition lobby.

According to WXIN News in Indianapolis, the state chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action—both subsidiaries of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety—issued a statement via Cathy Weinmann, a volunteer with the Indiana Moms chapter.

“By signing this bill into law, Governor Holcomb has made it clear that he would rather stand with the gun lobby than support and protect the law enforcement leaders who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities,” she said. “Permitless carry will put Hoosiers in danger, and our communities will bear the toll of Governor Holcomb’s choice to ignore law enforcement’s opposition to this bill. We cannot let this attack on public safety go unanswered and must hold our leaders accountable at the ballot box.”

Weinmann’s statement conveniently ignores the fact that criminals have been carrying guns without permits for decades.

Indiana is the third state in recent days to adopt permitless carry, joining Ohio and Alabama. Florida’s effort to adopt constitutional carry came up short again, leaving many rights activists in the Sunshine State furious.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the new law takes effect in July.

Holcomb issued the following statement: “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. Twenty-three other states have laws comparable to HEA 1296. Vermont has had a constitutional carry law in place since it became a state, and several other states have had a similar law for more than a decade. HEA 1296, which I’ve signed today, entrusts Hoosiers who can lawfully carry a handgun to responsibly do so within our State. 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. And if a prohibited person has a firearm, he or she can be prosecuted. Firearm permits will remain available, without fee, to anyone who wants or needs one, such as Hoosiers desiring to carry a firearm to, through or in another state that has reciprocity with Indiana.”

Indiana State Police Supt. Doug Carter noted in an accompanying statement, “We will continue to encourage citizens to apply for, and maintain, a firearms permit. A permit will assist law enforcement officers and will also allow a permit holder reciprocity with other states.”

The legislation was passed by the House 69-30 and by the state Senate 30-20 on the last day of this year’s session, the Star reported.

Newspaper editorials have opposed the measure, and even the Chicago Tribune weighed in, promoting a recent call by Congresswoman Marie Newman for the adoption of a federal law requiring so-called “universal background checks.” The newspaper called it “a common-sense proposal we’ve long supported.” The editorial also provided hotlinks to several Indiana newspapers, specifically the South Bend TribuneKokomo Tribune, the Journal-Gazette of Fort Wayne, asserting they also editorialized in opposition.

However, Ammoland checked the links. Only the South Bend newspaper link was to an editorial regarding HEA 1296. At the Kokomo Tribune, the editorial was about a different piece of legislation relating to bail reform, and the Journal-Gazette link was to a news report about Holcomb signing constitutional carry while vetoing a bill about transgender sports.

Ironically, the Tribune Editorial Board adds a postscript in which it claims the board “advocates for the equality of the individual, for personal responsibility, for a limited government role in the lives of the governed.”

The legislation was opposed by the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana. They contended that because “approximately 14% of Indiana handgun permit applicants last year were denied a permit because of a prior criminal conviction, lying on the application, a history of mental illness, or another disqualifying factor” so permitless carry would essentially allow such individuals to be carrying guns in public.

As with each expansion of Second Amendment rights, opponents react as though the world has just ended. Only time will tell for sure if treating a right as a right, rather than a government-regulated privilege, will result in more crime, or improved public safety.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Russn8r

Workman’s Winning Team continues to sabotage Permitless Carry in Florida. Thanks for putting them in power, Dave!
https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/nra-and-unified-sportsmen-of-florida-endorse-betrayer-wilton-simpson-author-of-parkland-gun-control-bill/

Jim

We heard the arguments about the dangers posed by permitless carry when it passed in my state. Same song and dance about danger going up, not supportive of law enforcement, blah, blah, blah. I’m unaware of any study showing any truth to their nonsense.

KenW

My NRA email “What’s Next for Constitutional Carry” doesn’t even mention Florida or the fiasco that is happening here over getting a CC bill to Gov. DeSantis.
Kind of makes me wonder. If Marion Hamer could get a shall issue law passed here in The Sunshine State (it’s raining now), then it would seem that she would have the political clout to get CC passed.
The old saying, “I smell a rat” comes to mind, because it doesn’t appear that NRA is working with legislatures here in FL to get CC passed.

Dry gulched

The upshot is the same day he signed this bill into law he vetoed a bill banning transsexual men from competing in women’s sports. As far as the CC law we’ll take a victory where we can get it. 2 would have been nice though.

swmft

guess he is not all there, veto a law that retains fairness in sports …. is he gay? would think that would loose him women’s votes

Green Mtn. Boy

One more and that’s half of the nation as the founders intended,the thought of which probably has the skin of Leftards crawling.

swmft

then we can make a new flag

swmft

something like the Gadsden flag, a reaffirmation of freedoms
and bill of rights
NO RED IN IT!

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