Gun Permits

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says he has doubts about a measure to eliminate background checks at all gun purchases for some Indiana gun license holders.

His comments come amid renewed debate over gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Court Protectee Gun Bill Passes Legislature

Apr 24, 2017

A controversial piece of gun legislation is heading to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk after it passed through the legislature.

It allows people protected by restraining orders to carry handguns without a license for up to 60 days.

It passed easily in the House, 74 to 26, and in the Senate, 38 to 12. But those opposed argued it would escalate domestic violence situations.

Hoosiers are already allowed to keep firearms at home without a license. Senate sponsor Mark Messmer (D-Princeton) says the bill keeps victims safe outside the home.

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Indiana lawmakers have started a debate over whether a DUI charge should prevent someone from getting a handgun permit.

Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill would remove the phrase “alcohol abuser” from the application.

Tomes says alcohol crimes and applying for a gun permit are unrelated.

“The question, if you have a DUI, I was asking: What does that have to do with obtaining a handgun license?” Tomes says. “If you had a DUI last night and tomorrow you want to get up and buy a firearm, you can buy a firearm. There’s no question about a DUI last night.”

Fueled In Part By Women, Gun Sales Hit Historic High

Dec 28, 2015
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Gun sales are breaking records. Numbers have been soaring all year, and on Black Friday alone, the FBI ran more than 185,000 background checks.  At a time when many are requesting stricter legislation on gun sales, the number of firearm purchases has risen, and many say a lot of it has been driven by an increase of handgun sales to women. 

More than 800,000 gun background checks were completed in Indiana from January through November.  December numbers haven’t been released.

Indiana About To Move Gun Permitting Online

Sep 22, 2014
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Starting next month, applications for gun permits go online.

Lieutenant Mike Rogers says the new online application will speed the processing of the more than 100,000 applications State Police receive each year.

And he says it‘ll save the state $124,000 dollars a year by eliminating most of the need for costly hearings to resolve discrepancies in criminal history or other elements of the application.