Amendment would create study of carrying without a license
By Taylor Brown
INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow domestic violence victims a temporary carry permit passed out of committee with a controversial amendment Tuesday.
House Bill 1071 would allow a domestic violence victim to carry a gun without a permit for 60 days, but Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment for a summer study committee look at allowing gun owners to carry without a license.
The amendment passed 7-4. Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, argued the study is a move closer to a National Rifle Association philosophy.
“Even Ray Charles could see through this,” Brown said. “This is not camouflaged very well that this is an effort to have guns everywhere.”
Brown argued the study could led to any Hoosier carrying a gun.
Rep. Matthew Lehman, R-Berne, said that isn’t the case and emphasized why they needed to add the summer study.
“There’s a process to obtain a gun that is not being discussed in this at all. And I think that’s been some of the confusion in this process. This does not open up access to guns. It simply says if I have a gun, I have the right to carry it,” Lehman said.
The amended House Bill 1071 authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, passed out of the Public Policy committee with an 8-4 vote and will now move to the full House for further consideration.
Taylor Brown is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.