Indiana’s requirement to get a license to carry a handgun in public would be eliminated under legislation easily approved by the Indiana House on Tuesday.
The bill’s proponents say law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to petition the government for the right to carry a handgun in public.
Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said criminals will ignore the permitting system anyway.
“Laws don’t stop people from doing bad things,” Lucas said.
Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis), who is Black, said this bill makes her worried for her son, who has a carry permit.
“If he gets stopped, the only thing that he has is that permit that may be one line from him not being dead,” Summers said.
The bill now heads to the Senate, which halted a similar effort last year.