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, TheStatehouseFile.com
“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 TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.