Domestic violence gun bill moved to summer study committee

By Ashley Steeb

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would have allowed people with a civil protection order to carry a handgun without a license has been pushed to a study committee.

The Senate voted 42-5 to have the committee to consider whether people aged 18 and up and have a civil protection order against domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, should be allowed to use the protection order to lawfully obtain a firearm without a permit for a limited period of time.

Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson voted against House Bill 1071.

Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson. Photo by Ashley Shuler,

“I have not talked to one domestic violence expert who thinks it’s a good idea to put more guns into what’s an already a violent environment,” Lanane said.

Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, said there was committee testimony from several women earlier in the legislative session about how they believed they needed quick access to a firearm to protect themselves.

That topic as well as the issue of constitutional carry – allowing most individuals to carry a gun without a license – would be heard in a statutory or interim study committee in the summer.

Ashley Steeb is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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